Thursday, May 1, 2008

Elisa Jimenez dress on exhibit

Anyone who has watched Project Runway knows about the famous spit marking techniques of Elisa Jimenez in Season Four. Thanks to C.L.A.S.S. , an Italian-based company who connects designers with sustainable materials (and who has also generously donated fabric samples to the Design Museum) we are including an Elisa Jimenez naturally dyed, bright orange and red Ingeo dress in the exhibition. Ingeo is a bio-polymer fabric made from corn which can be commercially composted or recycled.

Here is more information about C.L.A.S.S. from their press release:

C.L.A.S.S. is an international platform for the textile industry dedicated to showcasing sustainable raw materials and products made with responsible innovation.

Target: C.L.A.S.S. is talking to the apparel textile industry, the design community as well as the global media, decision maker and ultimately the consumer at large.

C.L.A.S.S. ingredients are sustainable raw materials: new fibers, yarns, technological textiles, processes, finished products and every day use objects that damage neither man nor environment, high quality which doesn’t forego glamour.

Conceived in Milan in September 2007 from an idea of Giusy Bettoni and Sandy Maclennan, C.L.A.S.S. objective is facilitating dialogue between the producers of raw materials and the players of the fashion and design system.

In practice: it helps fashion and design players identify better ingredient products to improve their own brands offer. C.L.A.S.S. showcase the critical mass of new thinking, product and research that respond to the growing demand for better materials made with responsible innovation.

C.L.A.S.S. is a reality that helps about new ways to do business, through creativity, inspiration and responsibility. C.L.A.S.S. represents a whole new way of living and doing business.

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