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Waste not, want more

Two years ago, Otis fashion design students Han-Na Aku Jun and Sanna Ho turned disposability, one of fashion’s fundamental truths, on its head.

A long-held industry belief was that if garments didn’t go out of style each season, designers would be out of work.

As part of Otis’ partnership with Hurley and Nike, these students used Nike’s Considered index to design a series of appealing high fashion garments designed to do the unthinkable—keep consumers from returning to the store.

Features such as reversible fabrics and ties instead of zippers give these garments an extendable life, making the outfits wearable day after day, season after season, and year after year. Detachable collars and cuffs minimize trips to the cleaners, and when a hood transforms into a dress, the garment can go from the hiking trail to the haute couture runway in a moment. And fashion isn’t the only aspect of the apparel that’s sustainable.

The resulting clothes are so reusable and trend-proof that some designers might consider the Considered index an act of self sabotage. But Otis’ Fashion Design Chair Rosemary Brantley calls it “the most inspiring project in all the years I have spent at Otis.”

At Otis, you’ll work with designers who view art as a world with no rules; who have the fearlessness and integrity to create fashion that’s visionary, even when what’s visionary isn’t fashionable—yet.

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