February 27, 2009 by swin
As the leading global platform for emerging graduates and design talent, NOTJUSTALABEL (NJAL) is proud to announce the debut collections of Mary Katrantzou, Jaiden rVa James and Romina Karamanea showing during London Fashion Week February 21st -25th.
Since inception under one year ago the NJAL directory has provided designers with a means of contact with the professional industry. Some have been discovered by press receiving crucial coverage on a global scale, whilst renowned fashion houses and retailers poached others – showcasing now for the first time during LFW further enhances the strength of these up-coming’s in another leap toward spotlight.
Other NJAL designers such as Scott Ramsay Kyle, Horace, Tim Soar (and many more) will be showing during London Fashion Week and at events such as On|Off and Vauxhall Fashion Scout.
NJAL DESIGNER DIRECTORY
Over 1,000 designers from 42 countries: www.notjustalabel.com/designers
February 26, 2009 by swin
Tired of the same old Clothes. Swap them! More and more clothes swaping events are springing up all over the UK and here is another.
“Ladies and Gents are invited to bring up to ten items of clothing, shoes and accessories to trade. The event will begin at 2pm with an hour of browsing and cocktails to get you in the mood. The swap frenzy will officially kick off at 3 til 6pm. We’ll be using a token system so that everyone gets their fair share and all items left will be donated to Oxfam. ”
More info is available at www.myspace.com/hybirdproductions,
Feather Duster – the clothing swap
Saturday the 28 February 2009 2-6pm
@ Proud Galleries Camden, Horse Hospital, Chalk Farm Road, N1
February 25, 2009 by swin
Shared Talent India
Are you a designer interested in working with sustainable Indian textiles, working collaboratively and sharing skills and perspectives? Would you be interested in having this work showcased at London and Indian fashion week in September 2009?
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion (CSF) are running Shared Talent India to recruit UK and Indian design talent to showcase fashion applications for sustainable Indian textiles. The CSF are seeking a team of 6 talented UK – based designers to engage with Indian designers and selected LCF, Pearl Academy and AMFI design students in a programme of activity including workshops and active design collaboration to produce concepts to showcase Indian sustainable textiles as a means to encourage trade in these textiles.
The design process will take place through 3 design workshops and online collaboration from April until June 2009 and will cumulate in a 10 day trip to India in June/July 2009. Selected design concepts, a promotional film and photography exhibition will be showcased on the Monsoon stand at Estethica in September 2009 at London Fashion Week where an online resource profiling sustainable textiles, Indian suppliers and the design concepts will be launched. A press campaign will be created to seek exposure for the project. The exhibition will then travel to Indian Fashion Week.
This is an amazing opportunity for creative designers with an interest in sustainability to work collaboratively on a high-profile project. The Centre for Sustainable Fashion will cover all costs related to travel to and in India.
The Centre for Sustainable Fashion are looking for:
- UK based product, textile or fashion designers (India based designers should apply through Pearl Academy)
- Innovative, people who are interested in working collaboratively and in sustainability for fashion
- Talented designers of a calibre to exhibit at London and Indian fashion weeks
- People able to take part in a selection day on 25th March 2009 between 5 – 8pm and if successful participate in online collaboration and design workshops from 5 – 8pm on Wednesday 29th April, 20th May and 3rd June
- People able to attend a travel briefing on the 9th June between 5 – 7pm and travel to India for 10 days in June/July (dates to be confirmed)
UK based designers – interested in being involved?
Please express your interest, outline your ideas for this project and send your CV to Hannah Higginson at email@example.com by 18th March 2009.
A selection day will then take place on 25th March 2009. This day will give you the opportunity to learn more about the project and give the CSF staff an opportunity to assess your design and collaboration skills. Please bring your portfolio with you to the day.
India based designers – interested in being involved?
Please contact Nien Siao at Pearl Academy at: firstname.lastname@example.org
February 24, 2009 by swin
The Research group Textiles Environment Design have got a busy few months coming up which you must see. Their year kicks off with the start of a new design project TED are part of called Cultural Collage, a collaboration between designers in Sydney (Australia), Santiago (Chile)and the UK. Also featured work at Estethica this year and the launch of work from the Textile Futures Research Group (TFRG) in the virtual playground that is Second Life!
The long awaited Summary Report of the ‘Upcycling Textiles: Adding Value Through Design’ symposium will be published for Autumn 2009, more info on this can be found at the new website, www.everandagain.info
Lots going on and they are always ready for more ideas if your looking for a research department to work with.
February 23, 2009 by swin
Ever fancied making your own designer clothes but never really had the skills? Well don’t worry, SANS, for a price, will sell you their designer ideas in the form of A4 piece-together/prints outs.
“SANS digital sewing pattern series are easily executed and with basic sewing skills and a single needle sewing machine standing by, all you have to do is download the digital pattern, print, and then cut and sew your own piece using a worn garment or a remnant of fabric. For a finishing touch, a genuine SANS label will be supplied to complete the garment, which the company will post worldwide.
Each digital sewing pattern also includes 10+ pages of illustrated instructions as well as the SANS woven label for $20. Make your own “designer” clothes while recycling something old or unloved. Decide whether to include a lining or make something fresh for the Spring. Alter it, decorate it, do something unexpected with the fabric choices. There’s nothing more sustainable (or recession friendly) than (re)making your own clothes.” – Taken from FashionUnited.com
The’ ‘Aussie rules’ style t-shirt isn’t really that cool, but I guess if you put your mind to it then the creative outlet could lead to bigger and better things. Its a great idea of people who want interesting designs and don’t know how to draw patterns themselves. There defiantly needs to be more websites like this, possibly free though as you do have to pay for these designs. There are images of the finished articles but they don’t have show any crazy mish-mash items which would be great for inspiration.
February 20, 2009 by swin
The SDC global design competition is in full swing around the world. This year, the grand final will coincide with the SDC international conference on 25–26 June in Goa, India and, to tie with the theme of the conference, the brief also incorporates an aspect of sustainable thinking within the original design and/or final design application. The main criteria for entries, as previously, will be to demonstrate the creative, imaginative and original use of colour in either fashion or textiles; a full set of rules are available to download fro their site.
The event in your region takes place on Tuesday 10 March at American Intercontinental University. Check out their blog – http://sdc-colourblog.blogspot.com
All the details about the competition are available at www.sdc.org.uk/members/competitions.htm
February 19, 2009 by swin
February 18, 2009 by swin
Check out this article on quality published by The MailOnline. Head of CSF – Dilys Williams, dishes out her ideas on sustainable fashion and consumption. Link in the image
Finally somebody in the mainstream media is asking about quality of fast fashion, shame it took until an economic crisis before they brought it up.
February 17, 2009 by swin
A non-profit evening of fashion, shopping, music and networking in the wonderful location of the National Waterfront Museum, Swansea to raise funds and awareness for Fashioning an Ethical Industry (FEI) and Swansea Environment Centre.