Aidan Jayson Peters

Sartorial Identities

Life of a Garment

A collection underscoring the environmental impact of the fashion industry as well as the informal economies that pop up around it, and the ingenuity of those who have found new ways to process and reinvent discarded products.

Aidan Jayson Peters

Aidan Jayson Peters, aka Klein Muis, is a designer whose research-driven work prioritizes problem-solving in scalable and ecologically responsible manners. Using materials from Johannesburg’s so-called “discard sites” of European clothing to create complete looks, his collection will reflect the clothing items’ journey from the Global North to the Southern hemisphere through photography, texts, and a short film that describes a garment’s life cycle.

Model in an upcycled denim two-piece made from various denim jeans and off-cuts. Sample of collection item outcomes. (Designer: Klein Muis, Muse: Tracy Mokgopo, Assistants: Tshego Masigo, Khumo Morojele). Photo: Sante Chieweshe

The South African designer underscores the environmental impact of the garment industry as well as the informal economies that pop up around it, and the ingenuity of those who have found new ways to process and reinvent discarded products.

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