wool and wool mix yarn, 2021

Maglia is a knitwear brand proposing a design solution of expanding and retracting knitted textiles for women responding to their weight fluctuations, especially during menstruation. Due to water retention, the body can fluctuate up to 2 kgs throughout the menstrual cycle, peaking on the first day of menstruation. (White et al., 2011) 65% of women experience period-related swelling (Tacani et al., 2015). Maglia offers a capsule collection of garments, customising the tension in areas based on client measurements to allow expanding and retracting of the body comfortably. A slight compression can be included to offer relief to period pain and insert a heat compress. Maglia is a sustainable design intervention to throw-away culture, enduring garments that are always there for you. Clothing items are only worn 7 to 10 times before they are discarded. (Macarthur, 2020) Maglia hopes to encourage clients to develop an emotional connection with their garments, to ensure the designs are held onto for many years.

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maglia on model.

full body of maglia on model

focus of maglia on model

close up of maglia I

close-up of maglia II

concept illustrations

technical sketches

Macarthur, E. (2020). Fashion and the circular economy. Ellen Macarthur Foundation. Retrieved 11 July 2021, from


Tacani, P., de Oliveira Ribeiro, D., Barros Guimarães, B., Perez Machado, A., & Tacani, R. (2015). Characterization of symptoms and edema distribution in premenstrual syndrome. International Journal Of Women’s Health, 297.

White, C., Hitchcock, C., Vigna, Y., & Prior, J. (2011). Fluid Retention over the Menstrual Cycle: 1-Year Data from the Prospective Ovulation Cohort. Obstetrics And Gynecology International, 2011, 1-7.