In a search for unusual and surprising solutions to problems in the clothing industry, Fair Fashion Lab presented six striking projects which demonstrated the power of design, art and technology. In doing so, the exhibition sought to explore the stories behind mass-produced clothes, how they are produced, who is involved, whether the production is fair and what we actually know about the world behind the clothes we wear.
As the central element in its design, the exhibition focused on a very generic mass-produced fashion item: the white t-shirt. While everyone has a white t-shirt and therefore feels connected to its story, it also serves as a useful symbol for the current humanitarian problems that are affecting the fashion industry. The exhibition abstracts, repeats and enlarges this humble garment, while also turning it into a temporary interface, a fragile curtain made up of 660 second-hand t-shirts donated by KICI and people from all over the Netherlands. The curtain hides and reveals the stories of five artists, who raise questions about the status quo of the fashion industry and present ideas for a fairer future fashion industry.
After the exhibition, Fair Fashion Lab donated the 650 t-shirts to KICI, therefore re-introducing them into the recycling process.