Recht claims to hate talking about process — “you just find a way of doing things that works for you,” he says. Even so, he’s developed a system over the years for making clothing that’s elaborate by explanation but simple in execution. He starts by making half-scale mannequins on which to drape the fabric. “When I built one at university, I used chicken wire and slashed my hands. It was covered in papier-mâché, then again in fabric, and the process took days. This time, we took a 3-D computer model, quite anatomically correct, laser-cut it in cardboard layers, and glued it together.”
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Recht claims to hate talking about process — “you just find a way of doing things that works for you,” he says. Even so, he’s developed a system over the years for making clothing that’s elaborate by explanation but simple in execution. He starts by making half-scale mannequins on which to drape the fabric. “When I built one at university, I used chicken wire and slashed my hands. It was covered in papier-mâché, then again in fabric, and the process took days. This time, we took a 3-D computer model, quite anatomically correct, laser-cut it in cardboard layers, and glued it together.”