collection 4 (t-shirts)
The Fashion industry has become the worlds second largest polluter, behind oil. This has happened for a number of reasons, one largely because we buy things we do not need because they are so cheap. One of the items most people have an abundant amount of is, T-shirts. This collection is made from just that, to tell a message that we need to stop this harmful cycle.
In this collection Margaret still uses donated clothes to juxtapose sportswear and tailored wear. You see, what she calls ”business casual”, in shirts made from T- shirts to a suit made from Lebron James Jerseys. Other parts of the collection are “tailored comfort” where you notice business shirts are turned into comfort wear.
Margaret continues her seam ripping process in collection 2, but weaves in new stories of an ex boyfriend, brother in law, famous model, and as before, friends and family. This collection was modeled by refugee girls from Eritrea and Nepal whose families now reside in NC. This is where Margaret is currently based, so that she can teach sewing classes to refugee and inner city youth while continuing her own collections.
Graduating from Pratt Institute, Margaret Burton created a senior thesis collection that offers a thought-provoking response to “fast fashion,” the fashion industry phenomenon that involves expediting the production of clothes in order to move catwalk trends into stores quickly and cheaply.
Using textiles sourced by deconstructing items of clothing that came from friends, family, and thrift stores, Burton created the distinctive silhouettes she was seeking in looks that are the antithesis of disposable fashion.