Tensions created between odd relationships and clashing ideas form the base of Tom Scott’s work. He develops collections by manipulating found images, paper, vintage garments, and ephemera. Ideas are turned upside down and inside out, and mistakes often inform the process.
In 2001, he introduced a collection of knitted accessories / garments that could be worn in different ways. Garment components were broken apart to form something new such as a scarf with attached sleeves or a v-neck with no body. His collections experiment with materials and construction. Old sports t-shirts and dead-stock bed sheets are cut into strips and re-knit into clothing and interior objects. Fur is reimagined in hand crochet alpaca and made into coats and faux sheepskin rugs. Subversive in nature, his work blurs the line between garment, accessory, and interior.
Scott studied textiles in Philadelphia and Scotland before moving to New York. His awards and exhibitions include the 2006 Cooper Hewitt National Design Triennial, the 2007 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation prize, and a nomination for the 2008 Woolmark Award. In 2010 he was named as one of 10 designers in the inaugural CFDA / Fashion Incubator. He has worked on numerous design collaborations and capsule collections and is currently a Professor in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
After over 10 years of making seasonal collections, he paused to reimagine making clothing in a different way. In 2017 he introduced unisex pieces combining elements of utility and sports references. The series are numbered, as if the next chapter of a book. Limited edition in quantity, ideas flow into one another, imagined in new materials and proportions. Technical garment patterns are used as prints, images of old wallpaper and exploding dynamite become jacquard patterns, and sheer nylon is made into peek-a-boo athletic shorts. The collection is designed in his studio in Bushwick and made in small factories in New York and Italy.