Paul Castro is a designer with fashion experience in his native Ecuador, Canada, The Bahamas and, since 2005, in Australia.
He has worked across the fashion industry, including in sportswear, made to measure gowns, and in fast fashion. Paul is now among the first batch of students to successfully complete the new Masters of Fashion (Design) at RMIT in Melbourne, Australia.
Concerned with the devastating impact of the fashion industry on the environment, Paul devoted his postgraduate research to finding new and more sustainable ways to design garments.
In previous iterations of his practise, Paul developed the 'Square Spiral', an innovative technique derived from zero waste pattern cutting.
Paul also investigated new, ‘universal’, concepts of beauty, drawing on the emerging science of Evolutionary Aesthetics. He aimed to design clothes that were timeless and less subject to trends and fads. His hope was that consumers would retain these garments for longer.
Paul’s latest work, “Amassment’, explores upcycling deadstock, menswear garments. Designing clothes, within a given set of restrictions, intensifies the inherent creative challenge, more so when the challenge is reconstructing existing forms.
Even though Paul is a seasoned designer, working with pre-consumer waste is new and exciting territory for him.
Paul wants to continue working independently designing one-offs and small-scale productions out of waste. Ideally, he would love to offer his services as a consultant for companies who want to improve their green credentials.
Paul states: 'The fashion industry is the second most polluting industry after oil. It is our responsibility, as designers, not only to change the paradigm of fashion, but also to educate the consumer. Sustainability in fashion should not be a trend, a fad or an option: it should be embedded in all of our designs. It is not an easy task, but every step counts’.