Karl Lagerfeld has designed a two piece open source pattern collection for online sewing community Burdastyle. These fashion forward patterns are available for download (approx $10 for both) with detailed instructions.
I can't wait to attempt both pieces. Following the feedback from Burda's online community the skirt the is much easier out of the two to produce. There has been a lot of discussion in regards to other star designer's following Lagerfelds offering and lots of speculation, hopes and wishes for a collection of star designers to follow suit!
There has also been some reference to the SHOWstudio Design_DOWNLOAD project which invited participants to access a collection of open source patterns by Alexander McQueen, John Galliano , Maison Martin Margiela and many more. This project invited the participants to reproduce the designs and upload images of their finished work. Entries were judged by a panel of experts and the winners were invited to showcase their garment within the SHOWstudio Fashion Revolution Exhibition (2009) London.
This approach is accessible, affordable and extends high end fashion to a wider audience... With a little 'know-how' and support people can make the garments for themselves. I love this approach but have to admit some of the patterns are very complex therefore support of an experienced dressmaker might be required! However, I find both projects really exciting... Is this a new way of consuming fashion for the future? We will need to wait and see.