Zero-Waste Techniques in Fashion

© Cherie Birkner

The DWIH New York was delighted to organize a special series of workshops with Berlin-based designer Natascha von Hirschhausen.

In March 2024, Natascha gave two special student workshops (by invitation only) in collaboration with Parsons Professor and textile designer Victoria Manganiello.

Related event: Discussion and studio show “Common Threads” on March 7, from 6 to 8 PM in Brooklyn. 

Event Information

March 4 to 8, 2024

New York, NY
Organizer(s): DWIH New York

Collage Workshops March 2024

Zero-Waste Techniques in Fashion – Free Workshop with Natascha von Hirschhausen

Discover the innovative world of sustainable fashion and zero-waste design with award-winning designer Natascha von Hirschhausen.

The workshops commenced with a brief lecture on sustainable fashion and zero-waste design, setting the stage for a five-minute creative task aimed at familiarizing participants with the core concepts. Following this, participants worked collaboratively in small groups, utilizing three-dimensional fabric samples to ideate waste-free garments. These concepts were further developed through digital sketches, offering a practical understanding of zero-waste design principles.

By the end of the workshop, attendees had gained insights into the ethos of sustainable fashion but also walked away with tangible skills and ideas to create garments with minimal environmental impact.


For fashion designer Natascha von Hirschhausen "design is the key to sustainability." After seeing how much waste is generated in the textile industry, she developed an innovative zero-waste design approach. Her design minimizes resource waste in production from 20% to less than 1%, challenging the fashion industry’s traditional production techniques. For her holistic future-driven design concept Natascha was awarded the German federal award "ecodesign" in 2017.
Natascha von Hirschhausen, Zero-Waste Fashion Designer
Victoria Manganiello (b. 1989; Brooklyn, NY) is an artist, designer, organizer, and educator. Her work has been included in Hyperallergic, The New York Times, Boulin ArtInfo, Forbes, and Architectural Digest, among others. Victoria has received multiple international, recognized grants, awards, commissions, and residency appointments including from Wave Farm, S&R Foundation, Forbes, Center for Craft, The Wallstreet Journal, and TaDa. She has exhibited her work internationally including across Europe, Taiwan, Australia, and throughout the USA including at the Tang Museum, Museum of Art and Design, Ars Electronica, BOZAR, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, and the Queens Museum. She is also a part-time associate professor at NYU and the New School and co-organizes an annual artist residency for e-textile practitioners. Exploring the intersections between materiality, technology, geography, and storytelling, Victoria’s multi-disciplinary and installation work, abstract paintings, and kinetic sculptures are made meticulously with hand-woven textiles using hand-spun yarn and hand-mixed natural and synthetic color dyes alongside mechanical alternatives and modern technologies. She is well-known in the textile community as an accomplished artist and innovative storyteller and facilitates many socially engaged projects in collaboration with other artists, designers and educators. ; @victoriamanganiello @craftwork_collective
Victoria Manganiello, Designer and Educator