THE IMPOSSIBLE DREAM
The BFA graduate collection designed, and made, by Isabelle Saxton.
Designer's Note, March 2022. The world of sustainability is a field that welcomes new members, and encourages constant learning and innovation. As a young professional and sustainability master's degree student, I have discovered the unsustainability of some materials that I used to believe were sustainable: second-hand synthetics, and sheep's wool. The former does not align with a circular economy, and the latter emits vast quantities of methane. The nuances in the field of sustainability are what captivate me, and inspire me to do better. My degree partly focuses on corporate sustainability, and my professors constantly teach that companies must be transparent about their sustainability progress, but also their mistakes. Therefore, my future designs will exclusively use recycled, second-hand, or deadstock organic yarns and fabrics. I hope that my learning experience can make the world of sustainability seem more accessible, and inspire you to begin or continue your sustainability journey. Love always, Isabelle.
Photography by Melissa Nyquist, unless otherwise stated.
For your viewing pleasure: A playlist which is embedded in the energy of this collection.
My impossible dream is for everyone to be sustainable by choice, not by guilt tripping people into thinking that it's the best thing to do, so they do it for five minutes and then stop, but by educating them on the facts and allowing them to reconfigure their lifestyle to be more responsible socially and environmentally.
My mash up aesthetic comes from finding workwear in a scrap store and noticing the irony of them being the most attention grabbing things on the street yet when a passerby sees them, they look the other way, and pay them no attention. I think this same irony is happening with sustainability.
I use deliberately provocative language to convey the urgency of the fight for the welfare of the planet.