Opensource software and games, crowdfunding business startups and crowdsourcing have pushed their way into public conciousness in the past few years.
The benefits of these methods are many, but all are based on the basic principle that together we are stronger. By opening up projects to the public, they tend to attract the input of those who are most passionate and knowledgeable. Drawing on a much larger pool of ideas, unlimited by geographical distance, can create the most well-planned and resilient projects.
So it's good to see that there are various initiatives underway to take up these methods in the usually egotistical and individualistic world of fashion.
EDUfashion is, in its own words, "a two-year project for the development of a collaborative platform for fashion creation and continuous education emphasizing skill-sharing and ethical branding."
It aims to connect individuals and groups and develop an alternative fashion industry in which small, sustainable and sef-managed enterprises all come together under a single opensource brand, (Openwear), whose benefits will be shared.
Here's a video about an event organised by EDUfashion which took place in Spring this year. Eight designers were invited to take part in co-creating the first Openwear Collaborative Collection. This collection will be released under the Creative Commons License, when members of the Openwear Community will be able to download them and produce and sell the garments under Openwear collective brand.
One of the designers that took part in the above project was Berlin-based Pamoyo. Founded in 2007 by designers Frans Prins and Cecilia Palmer, it has an environmental aspect, using organic fabrics. However, what sets Pamoyo apart is the fact that all of its designs are published under the Creative Commons license for non-commercial use.
Other designers and artists are invited to enrich the label with their own creations, and Pamoyo pledges to ensure the high-quality and sustainable production of every product made under its name. The company is currently preparing designs and patterns for download from the Pamoyo site, and ultimately it aims to make it possible for customers to share their own creations and patterns as well.