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Unpicking Cotton

BA Final Collection
Maastricht Academy of Fine Arts and Design


‘UNPICKING COTTON’ explores the complexity of the fashion industry and the abuse in the production of our clothing. The collection is a protest piece against the fashion industry and its rich history of abuse. This is done by linking up the colonial history of cotton and how we view the fashion industry in current times.


During my research, I discovered the amazing history of cotton. 

Slavery, colonisation, war, pollution, genetically modifying seeds and child labour are all common subjects whilst talking about cotton and the fashion industry. But how did it come to this? And why have we never spoken about this side of fashion history?

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Photo's by Dean Kisters and Team Peter Stigter

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