Study NY 4-way dress 4

If a garment is sustainable, for one, it has to be able to be styled in many ways. But in addition to that , what if this garment is also made from organic bamboo fibre and zero-waste..? Possibly the best dress ever? 4eva and eva..? Introducing the 4-way Dress by Study NY. Genious design and I love that it is styled below with vintage roper boots.

"Super soft bamboo lycra jersey cut from a large square of fabric leaving no waste in the cutting process. This dress can be worn 4 ways (or more). Button up two sides and one button at the top for a halter dress, fasten more buttons at the top for a drop shoulder high neck dress. Close the buttons between the legs to make a romper playsuit. Or fold the corners in diagonally to make a loose jacket / oversized shrug. The buttons are recycled vintage. Square measures 110cm / 44in x 110cm / 44in so one size fits most."

Available for 144 € / 120 £ / 176 $ at Not Just A Label. And who said stylish eco-fashion is not affordable?! Too bad only "one size fits all".. Otherwise I´d buy this is a heartbeat. I guess I´ll just have to DIY this myself slightly larger as it is a rectangle pattern. Via kaKofonie.

Ah shoot! I guess I need to recap some of my fiber knowledge (thanks Emma!) I do know what rayon is and how it is made from sellulose fibres by using loads and loads of water and chemicals, but had no idea "bamboo" is basically same thing. I hate this when the same fibre has the same name... Grrr. It is so confusing for consumers to know what is really ecological and what not. Well I still think the design in this Study NY squeare dress is genious and makes the garment versatile to wear, but I guess the hunt for the best green dress ever continues. I did how ever add Tara´s blog, 4equalsides to my reader as I´m intrested to see her way to Fashion Week. I´d hope more independent designers would document their design process like this as it creates the much needed "transparency" to the label and product.

Here is some info on bamboo fibre (from Organic Clothing article by Michael): Bamboo: Facts behind the Fiber

In part because of its luxurious softness, smooth hand, flowing and gentle drape, and easy price – at least compared with silk and cashmere – and eco friendly cachet, bamboo has gained entry throughout the fashion industry. But it has been the trumpets heralding bamboo as the latest and hottest sustainable eco-fabric that have been the most strident. And some of the hoopla is justified. Growing bamboo is a wonderfully beneficial plant for the planet and most is naturally organic bamboo. The manufacturing processes where bamboo the plant is transformed into bamboo the fabric are where the sustainability and eco-friendly luster of bamboo is tarnished because of the heavy chemicals, some of which are toxic, that are often required. Very, very little bamboo clothing would qualify as sustainable or organic clothes.

Botanically categorized as a grass and not a tree, bamboo just might be the world’s most sustainable resource. It is the fastest growing grass and can shoot up a yard or more a day. Bamboo reaches maturity quickly and is ready for harvesting in about 4 years. Bamboo does not require replanting after harvesting because its vast root network continually sprouts new shoots which almost zoom up while you watch them, pulling in sunlight and greenhouse gases and converting them to new green growth. And bamboo does this the natural way without the need for petroleum-guzzling tractors and poisonous pesticides and fertilizers.

Bamboo the plant is wonderfully sustainable; bamboo the fabric isn’t so easy to categorize. There are two ways to process bamboo to make the plant into a fabric: mechanically or chemically. The mechanical way is by crushing the woody parts of the bamboo plant and then use natural enzymes to break the bamboo walls into a mushy mass so that the natural fibers can be mechanically combed out and spun into yarn. This is essentially the same eco-friendly manufacturing process used to produce linen fabric from flax or hemp. Bamboo fabric made from this process is sometimes called bamboo linen. Very little bamboo linen is manufactured for clothing because it is more labor intensive and costly.

Chemically manufactured bamboo fiber is a regenerated cellulose fiber similar to rayon or modal. Chemically manufactured bamboo is sometimes called bamboo rayon because of the many similarities in the way it is chemically manufactured and similarities in its feel and hand.

Most bamboo fabric that is the current eco-fashion rage is chemically manufactured by “cooking” the bamboo leaves and woody shoots in strong chemical solvents such as sodium hydroxide (NaOH – also known as caustic soda or lye) and carbon disulfide in a process also known as hydrolysis alkalization combined with multi-phase bleaching. Both sodium hydroxide and carbon disulfide have been linked to serious health problems. Breathing low levels of carbon disulfide can cause tiredness, headache and nerve damage. Carbon disulfide has been shown to cause neural disorders in workers at rayon manufacturers. Low levels of exposure to sodium hydroxide can cause irritation of the skin and eyes. Sodium hydroxide is a strong alkaline base also known as caustic soda or lye. In its dry crystalline form, caustic soda is one of the major ingredients of Drano. This is basically the same process used to make rayon from wood or cotton waste byproducts. Because of the potential health risks and damage to the environment surrounding the manufacturing facilities, textile manufacturing processes for bamboo or other regenerated fibers using hydrolysis alkalization with multi-phase bleaching are not considered sustainable or environmentally supportable. ..... Read the complete article here.

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  1. i like the garment! but unfortunately fabric made of bamboo isn't that ecological:


    "The FTC contend that the fabric are in fact 'Rayon', a textile made from reconstituted cellulose fibres. There is no official textile classification for Bamboo. In a statement entitled "Have You Been Bamboozled by Bamboo Fabrics?" the FTC, USA's consumer protection agency, state that rayon production use "toxic chemicals in a process that releases pollutants into the air." Going on to say, "Extracting bamboo fibers is expensive and time-consuming, and textiles made just from bamboo fiber don't feel silky smooth."

  2. Love the black dress simple and cool all together!! A lot of love

  3. love that dress!


    lekisskiss.blogspot.com <-- Texas gal bloggin fashion from NYC!

  4. @emma
    I completely agree with you, and ordinarily I never use bamboo in my collection. However, a fellow designer left a roll of this black jersey behind when she left our studio, so rather than let it go to waste I used it for this no-waste style.
    Thanks for educating everyone about bamboo and keeping it straight!
    Tara (Study NY)

  5. @Tara
    i totally agree with not throwing anything unnecessarily away! it's just such a common misbelief, that bamboo equals ecological, so i had to educate :-)

    good luck with the squre project / no waste!

  6. Thank you so much for this!

  7. would have any idea how to make such a dress. I'm pregnant and that would be perfect belly cover... :)