Düsseldorf, Germany — When 15 models strut their stuff in one corner of a hall at the K show, it is all about the designs. But this is also about so much more than fashion.
For Lily Thompson, it is a chance to prove people wrong.
For Sharon Lloyd, it is a chance to see her students grow and learn.
And for Dow Chemical Co., it is an opportunity to not only promote plastics and provide a learning experience, but also gain something in return.
Every weekday at K 2016, except for the last day, Dow is hosting a fashion show featuring designs made from plastics created by students at Southampton Solent University in England.
Students worked for months conceptualizing and creating garments from all types of plastics provided by Dow with the idea that a fashion show would be one of the focal points of the company's display (Hall 8/K48-1) this year.
Thompson and fellow student Charlotte Logue teamed up to create four garments in the show, including maybe the most detailed piece on display, a dress made from an estimated 5,000 white acrylic pieces cut into the shape of scales.
“Trusting yourself was key because the scaled one that we made, everybody told us it wouldn't work. And they basically set us up to fail. And we did it, and we proved them wrong,” Thompson said. “It was hard, but we pulled it off. Seeing it there was amazing.”
The students spent about a month sewing each of the individual white scales, cut from sheets by a laser cutter, on the dress.