Lincolnshire student makes neutral clothing from leftover tents

A Bourne student at Nottingham Trent University has made gender-neutral ‘inclusive’ and ‘sustainable’ clothing made from old tents. Grace Reeves, 22, is in her final year of studying fashion design.

When she saw masses of abandoned tents at a festival, Miss Reeves was inspired to make sure materials weren’t wasted. She designed and manufactured clothes, all size U (universal), and marketed the brand in Braille.

She said: ”I want to change people’s perception of second-hand items by creating something technical and different. During my internship, it was sad to hear women complaining that many clothes did not fit them because of their size.

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“It’s a shame that people don’t learn textile crafts in school and that’s why they throw away their clothes because they don’t know how to fix them. One of my goals is to make sustainable clothing more affordable.

“It makes me really happy that my clothes can fit anyone, regardless of size or gender.” The garment is detachable, so it can be transformed from a high-end fashion garment into a normal jacket. She said, “The detachable parts give you more freedom.

“My concept is that life is a game, you can go to a party and later decide to climb a mountain in the same clothes. I really like the versatility.”

Emma Prince, Head of Fashion Design Course at Nottingham Trent University, said: “The design community is increasingly concerned with making designs more planet-friendly. It’s great to see how Grace includes a personal touch in her recycling from textile waste and emphasizes the importance of inclusivity in her practice.

See photos of the garments below.

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