University of Brighton students are tackling the fashion industry’s waste by making clothes from surplus fabric supplied by international fashion house Burberry.
In the year Established in 2020 in partnership with the British Fashion Council, the Ribberry fabric initiative reduces waste, promoting circular economy principles with innovation. It also provides real practical help for hardy students by providing free, high-quality fabric to the surface.
Burberry has released its second textile donation to fashion students at the University of Brighton – and other selected universities and fashion schools – following 12,000 meters of fabric in 2020. BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business StudiesThey got it from the project at the University of Brighton.
Georgia Bate (pictured above) said: “This Inspiration allows students like me to work with fabrics that were previously out of their reach. As new designers we like to work with as many different types of fabric as possible in our trials and testing stages. In addition to being very wasteful, this process can be difficult to do when you’re really limited and on a budget.“
Leila Eskandri-Miles (pictured above) said: “Having access to this fabric allowed me to experiment and be more passionate about my ideas and execution, which created an end result that I am very proud of…. This inspiration inspired me to try to design with less waste and also experiment more with dying fabrics and other pre-existing materials.“
To Luca McCurry of the University of Brighton (pictured below)THis motivation was the opportunity to experiment and innovate without the cost burden associated with using high-quality materials. Burberry’s donation allowed me to experiment without limits. For an aspiring designer, it’s reassuring to know that luxury fashion brands are actively looking to support young creatives in the industry.He said.
Nicole Lovett, director of Burberry’s responsibility program, said:We are committed to supporting the next generation of exciting creators while ensuring that we are all doing our bit to protect the environment. We are proud to partner with the British Fashion Council to reinforce the importance of sustainable practices and ethics to help emerging talent achieve their ambitions. By equipping students with these materials and tools to develop their creativity, we can all create a better future for our industry.“
The University of Brighton has led the way in highlighting and tackling the shameful levels of waste in the global fashion industry, both through ongoing research and the work of its students and graduates. The global fashion industry is one of the world’s biggest polluters, with UN data showing that fashion contributes 10% of global greenhouse emissions due to long supply chains, energy-intensive production and waste.
The current show at the London Design Museum (until 4 September) highlights University of Brighton graduate Bethany Williams’ award-winning social change fashion work, with pieces made from a variety of recycled and eco-friendly sources, including book waste, cactus skin, fabrics and pieces made from waste packing tape.
2020 BA(Hons) 3D Design and Craft graduate Imogen Gray (pictured below), winner of the Designer of the Year Award and Environmental Design Award from the Center for Creative Consciousness and Business Design, previously invented a method of taking scraps from leather. Thanks to its ability to be cast in a mold, it can be recycled into a new material that improves the skin’s natural limitations.
2020 BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies graduate Sarah-Louise Kozler is developing a new handbag, accessories and ready-to-wear collection using fabric scraps to reduce waste. And 2020 BA (Hons) Fashion Communication with Business Studies graduate Vanessa Merad created the YVERT digital channel to help people in the fashion industry to sustainably bring together, connect, create and drive change.
Dr Jules Finlay, Principal of the School of Art and Media at Brighton, said: “At the University of Brighton we teach sustainability and responsible thinking across all design courses, particularly in the fashion, textile and 3D design arts, where change is accelerating due to climate change. Students learn circular loop and recycling to learn about important issues around fashion and textiles.
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