The concept of zero waste—reengineering industrial processes to eliminate and/or make use of byproducts and leftover materials—seems like a nice idea with little chance of being applied on a large scale anytime soon. But the idea is slowly gaining traction in the fashion industry. Zero-waste creations by such designers and artists as Martin Margiela and the School of the Art Institute’s Nick Cave will be on view as part of the exhibition ZERO Waste: Fashion Re-Patterned, at Columbia College’s Averill and Bernard Leviton A + D Gallery, 619 S. Wabash. The opening runs from 5 to 8 PM this Thursday, March 3, and includes a talk by curator and Columbia College professor of fashion design Arti Sandhu. Another contributing designer, Timo Rissanen, will give a talk Wednesday, March 9, at 5:30 PM. The exhibition runs through April 16.