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DISPOSE

Inspired by New York City’s initiative to be waste-free by 2030, the temporary exhibit educates the public on the harmful social, societal, and environmental impacts from the fast fashion industry has on our planet. By giving NYC and the world a wake-up call, Dispose forces us to question our society’s mentality on disposability. 

Heron Preston and the NYC Department of Sanitation collaborated on a clothing collection using upcycled materials to raise awareness on global environmental issues. One of these issues is the fast fashion industry, a phenomenon in the fashion industry whereby production processes are expedited in order to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible, usually stealing other designers original work along the way. This exhibit is an extension / branch of that collaboration, raising even more awareness on the social issue. Second to oil, the fashion industry is one of the largest polluters in the world.

Inspired by New York City’s initiative to be waste-free by 2030, the temporary exhibit educates the public on the harmful social, societal, and environmental impacts from the fast fashion industry has on our planet. By giving NYC and the world a wake-up call, Dispose forces us to question our society’s mentality on disposability. 

Heron Preston and the NYC Department of Sanitation collaborated on a clothing collection using upcycled materials to raise awareness on global environmental issues. One of these issues is the fast fashion industry, a phenomenon in the fashion industry whereby production processes are expedited in order to get new trends to the market as quickly and cheaply as possible, usually stealing other designers original work along the way. This exhibit is an extension / branch of that collaboration, raising even more awareness on the social issue. Second to oil, the fashion industry is one of the largest polluters in the world.

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MIRRORED FACADE

Dispose is clad in a mirrored facade to allow visitors to observe themselves in their current state of mind before entering the exhibit, as well as to reflect its New York environment, the fashion capital of the US. Located in Bryant Park, the site is in the middle of Midtown and the Garment District where many fashion retailers are located.  

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NEW YORK CULTURE

Bales of clothing are stacked to create a quantified immersive environment of New York's collective spending on apparel.  Clothing is also laid on the ground to heighten the feeling of being truly surrounded by the clothes that are thrown out.

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SOCIAL / SOCIETAL IMPACT

Visitors walk into the installation with a structural layout of a sweatshop, with columns and fluorescent light fixtures. A looped video of workers is projected onto the walls at human scale, with turning heads as visitors walk by, as if they've intruded in their workspace.

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