James Dimech, an established architectural designer is passionate about creating sustainable clothes and has perfected the labour intensive technique of folding paper into intricate and diverse patterns linked together to produce stunning dresses.
James uses only recyclable materials and exhibited an elaborate hooded evening gown made from pull tabs from cat food packets. He chose the evening to debut a small selection from his up and coming paper collection called White Paper Stars.
The full collection will be shown on July 19th at a fashion show organised by The Chamber of Fashion called International Evening of Culture Through Fashion to be held at Verdala Palace, Rabat in aid of The Community Chest Fund. International designer’s will also participate during this event.
James uses only waste paper offcuts from printing presses and ‘second life’ textiles such as discarded curtain lining. At The Chamber of Fashion lecture James demonstrated his paper folding techniques to students and encouraged them to think creatively about using materials which would otherwise be thrown away.
The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation is a Non profit organization run by a small team of professional business women volunteers.
The mission of The Chamber is to promote culture through fashion by holding events and supporting local education in Textile and Fashion Design studies at Mcast, and next year in secondary schools, when the subject will be introduced as part of the curriculum.
On June 19th The Chamber brought to Malta the Croatian designer Matija Cop to team up with Maltese designer James Dimech. Together they talked to a group of students and teachers studying Textile and Fashion Design about their different production techniques and inspiration for their designs.
Earlier this year The Chamber of Fashion organised a student exchange between MCAST, Academia Italiana in Rome and Charles and Ron. Rebecca Lico a student from the leading fashion academy spent a month gaining experience at the atelier of Charles and Ron.
Three MCAST students tutored by Anna Ancielleri, Lourdes Giordmaina, Simona Gambacorta and Elise Galea went to Academia Italiana in Rome to spend some weeks experiencing their Textile and Fashion Design course. This was made possible as part of an ongoing educational initiative run by The Chamber of Fashion Malta Foundation to support The Ministry of Education.
The Chamber also helps students by asking local companies to donate materials for use in the classrooms and sponsors events which give students opportunities to exhibit their work.