Prophetik – a dress to change the world
Last night witnessed the The American debut of ‘A Dress to Change the World’, the couture collection designed by 40-under-40: Craft Futures artist Jeff Garner to honor the late Princess Grace. Garner takes his inspiration for his label Prophetik from the dressmakers of the Civil War period who worked with what was in front of them, fashioning beautiful gowns that were later taken apart to recreate new dresses – sustainability born out of necessity. Garner’s designs have a sophistication that sets them apart from typical organic clothing. Garner says, “I want people to experience the heart of Prophetik” and believes that having a social conscience will never go out of style. Using organic dyes from the garden, recycled bottles transformed into greenspun fleece, working with materials like flax and durable hemp that is naturally softened with baking soda, and employees who receive fair pay to produce his designs are all a part of what makes Prophetik distinct. With his collection, Garner hopes to bring awareness to an industry that has not been concerned with the process as much as the results.
In anticipation of the exhibition 40 under 40: Craft Futures, on view at the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum from July 20, 2012 — February 3, 2013, the museum asked the 40 artists featured to share personal videos of themselves with our audience. Here’s what Jeff Garner submitted: