Jasper Chadprajong and John Earnshaw

International Foundation and Fashion Technology Institutes

IFFTI Beijing

Jasper Chadprajong and John Earnshaw

IFFTI Beijing

Jasper Chadprajong and John Earnshaw

IFFTI Beijing

Jasper Chadprajong and John Earnshaw

Future Heirlooms

This is a collaborative project between menswear designer, Jasper Chadprajong and womenswear designer, John Earnshaw, both senior lecturers at Manchester Fashion Institute.

This project explores the key themes of memory, craft and sustainably through a capsule collection of garments, which can be worn by either men or women.

In response to the culture of throwaway, fast-fashion, the designers have created beautiful and unique pieces that will have longevity and get better with age.

With focus on sustainability and using waste materials, the designs are constructed from a mixture of new and reused fabrics – transforming fabrics that would otherwise have been discarded into contemporary fashion pieces.

Both designers are interested in exploring the relationship between the garment, designer and wearer. They look at how a garment that is produced well can be cherished by the wearer and passed onto future generations. They aim to initiate a story and open up a dialogue between the designer and wearer, with surface textiles and craft techniques such as patchwork, embroidery and print.

Building on their inspiration from traditional craft items that are altered as time and history changes, the designers want their pieces to become create future heirlooms. They want the wearer to feel inspired to add their own personal touch to the design process by continuing to customise the garments as their own history evolves. As with an old family blanket, the garments are never completely finished as there are always more stories tell and history to add.