I must be the dissenter here. Let's look at a couple of Timo Rissanen's points:
"fashion hasnít offered much personal choice for a long time, if ever" I must agree with him/her here (I am no Finn, so I don't know if Timo is male or female), and I don't have to read the links, either. All we can do every "season" is buy the colors/fabrics and patterns available, or not. That's our choice. You can only choose what's available, whether you are shopping for RTW or fabric and patterns to make your own.
Zero waste is a goal and a conscious choice. If there's a way to do it and still achieve an interesting silhouette that flatters my figure, then I'm all for it.
But there is an enormous amount of ready-to-wear available, and a huge number of ways to combine garments. If you sew a much larger choice is available, if you also make (or even alter) your own patterns the choice is even larger. Thrift, online auction, and other online shopping, for clothing, fabrics, linens that can be used as fabrics, and vintage patterns are also ways to expand choices. I design and wear a lot of boho clothes, and wear vintage clothes, that have zip to do with the minis being marketed at department stores. I use vintage trimmings and buttons almost exclusively (I hate synthetic trimmings). And I don't wait for my favorite colors to come into fashion. I just dye fabrics and clothes.
I live in San Francisco, where absolutely anything goes. Up to and including a local group (a sort of mini-movement) known as "The Naked Guys," because yes, they are not wearing anything--in public. I see a huge variety of clothing just on the street. Now, this is a liberal area. There are probably many parts of the US where you can't wear absolutely anything (including nothing) without being stared at. But that is an issue of what society expects of clothing wearers. Not of any limits whatever placed on them by what is available to purchase or make.
I too, am all in favor of eco-responsibility. I too, believe that making your own clothing is a good step towards preserving the environment. (And the best way to get exactly what you want to wear, when you want it, with the best fit and quality.) I too, use up my scraps and so on. And yes, I like that recycling what I already own also saves money.
I just don't see that an ivory-tower strategy relying largely on highly complicated intellectual puzzles, big words, and styles most people won't wear, and which no one at all appears to be making commercially, to be any way to achieve eco-responsibility. It would be better to encourage garment manufacturers to proceed as they already do--except to also use up their scraps or donate them to craft centers or schools where other people will use them to make quilts, fabric collages, yo-yos, or whatever. But then, maybe garment manufacturers already are doing this. Just cutting what would be scraps in one with the garment, or piling them on after making it, achieves nothing. As far as I can tell, US (or at least California) garment manufacturers already sell usable lengths of extra fabric and trimmings through discount fabric stores, or their own outlets, and I see these fabrics on eBay too.
Who knows what US garment (and textile) companies do when they farm out manufacture to third-world countries. I don't see that the US government has much hope of regulating what happens offshore. I also think manufacturing should be brought back to the US to increase the number of jobs here. But, those are really different issues from whether a pattern should be a one-sheet piece that looks like a puzzle.
Maybe some people are right in saying that these garments are good marketing for, ultimately, making entirely other garments that are also eco-responsible--and more wearable. Just like clothing manufacturers send extreme styles down the runway primarily as marketing statements for their less extreme ones. Maybe some people even like extreme fashionista styles. I just don't see any effort to get down to earth, to the practicalities of what average people really need and want to wear, and what they can easily do. Or for that matter, to the practicalities of what garment manufacturers will be willing to do.