DesignPrep participants pose in their newly created garments

Design with the Other 90%: CITIES, currently on view at the United Nations Visitors Center in New York, features projects, proposals, and solutions that address complex issues arising in emerging and developing economies. DesignPrep teens participated in a multi-session workshop led by designer Trudy Miller. Inspired by the CITIES exhibition, Miller highlighted traditional and modern clothing techniques from around the world while emphasizing issues of material waste and sourcing. Teens “upcycled” – i.e., converted waste materials into new materials or products of better quality or higher environmental value – leftover scraps of fabric, transforming them into innovative garments.


Students at work creating their garments


Students pose in their garments

Miller is founder of Trudy Miller Layers, based in Brooklyn. She brings her design theories into practice with her easy-care, easy-wear clothing “systems” and mobile, multifunctional furniture. Her designs for “smarter” convertible clothing and accessories spurred participants to think outside the box.

Courtesy of Trudy Miller Layers

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