With sustainable fashion catching on within the fashion industry, it seems that no matter where you shop, the patchwork trend is present and thriving. This trend is not reserved to any specific type of garment– whether it is a denim pant, a sheer dress, or a knitted sweater, the patchwork trend has an ultimate rule, that is, to make the old into the new.
While this trend seemed to start out as a patchwork knitted/sheer tank trend with vibrant, contrasting colors in 2020, with brands like Rua Carlotta and Myaemade taking the spotlight, there has been a significant expansion of patchwork within the past year that has moved beyond the loud colored tops from small businesses.
Many designers, from top fashion houses, to smaller, independent depop designers have upcycled old fabrics into distinct, multi-fabric pieces of clothing. Incorporating patchwork clothing into your wardrobe allows you to not only be fashionable, but also sustainable in your styling choices, which is a growing priority for many in the fashion industry.
Dolce & Gabbana spring 2021 ready-to-wear, from vogue.com,
With extravagant, chaotic patches of patterns making up the outfits of the Dolce & Gabbana runway, and the refreshing, yet playful, canvas-like fabrics of Issey Miyake, Spring 2021 ready-to-wear looks showed us that big brands are bringing patchwork into the spring and summer time.
As the prevalence of upcycled, DIY fashion rises in popularity, a result of the conditions of the global pandemic causing us to stay inside and get creative, patchwork is not only crowding high fashion and fast fashion brands, but also smaller-scale independent brands. Platforms that allow a more accessible way to sell and resell, like Depop and poshmark, are a huge hub to get your hands on more unique pieces.
The future of the patchwork trend seems to be promising as it has came and went every few years. Again and again, it seems to be a trend of the past that we didn’t know we needed.