As part of the A.R.T (Alter, Repair,Transform) programme in partnership with LEE jeans, at Copenhagen International Fashion Fair (CIFF) Bethany Williams was one of four creatives commissioned to create and display bespoke garments for the exhibition. Bethany worked alongside Orsola De Castro, Duran Lantnik and Dio KUROZAWA to re-work deadstock denim and fabrics from Lee jeans’ rich archive to create an installation.
Their creations were curated into an installation with the final fashion products produced by Bethany and designer Duran Lantnik shown within the spherically curtained exhibition space, alongside film and moving image projections.
Our design process for these garments started with an exploration of Lee’s donated archive and deadstock jeans and corduroy, we then unpicked and remade using the fabric to create new garments. We created four garments for the exhibition, two coats which used a mixture of bleached and dark indigo denim, and a jacket with matching pair of jeans, made using white and green corduroy.
A host of events and discussions were also held in the space during CIFF – Bethany led a patchwork workshop, inviting the public to mix with fashion experts and university students, Mending for Good joined Bethany for a live panel discussion and LEE jeans ran mending, alteration and customisation workshops.