Brighton fashion students team up with Burberry to tackle fashion industry waste – FE News

Students at the University of Brighton are tackling fashion industry waste by making clothes from surplus fabrics supplied to them by global fashion house Burberry.

Created in 2020 in partnership with the British Fashion Council, the ReBurberry Fabric initiative reduces waste, while promoting circular economy principles alongside creativity. It also provides real practical help to struggling students by providing them with free high-quality fabric to recycle.

Burberry has now released its second donation of surplus fabric to fashion students at the University of Brighton – as well as other selected universities and fashion schools across the UK – following 12,000 yards of fabric donated in 2020 Here’s how three college freshmen BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studiesat the University of Brighton benefited from the project.

Georgia Bate (pictured above) said: “This allows students like me to work with fabrics they wouldn’t have had access to before. As new designers, we want to work with as many different types of fabrics as possible in our experiments and in the trial phases. Besides being very expensive, this process can be really limited and difficult to do on a budget.

Leila Eskandary-Miles, 1st year BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies student at the University of Brighton - COURTESY OF BURBERRY-2

Leila Eskandary-Miles (pictured above) said: “Having access to this fabric allowed me to experiment and be more ambitious with my ideas and execution, which in turn created an end result that I was extremely proud of…. This initiative inspired me to try to design with less waste, as well as try to use more unused fabrics and other pre-existing materials.

For another University of Brighton student, Luca McCarry (pictured below), “youhis initiative provided an opportunity to experiment and be creative without the burden of cost associated with using high-quality materials. Burberry’s gift allowed me to experiment without limits. For an aspiring designer, it is reassuring to know that luxury fashion brands are actively seeking to support young creatives in the sector.”.

Luca McCarry, 1st year BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies student at the University of Brighton - COURTESY OF BURBERRY-2

Nicole Lovett, Director of Responsibility Program at Burberry, said: “We are committed to supporting the next generation of exciting creatives while ensuring that we all do what we can to protect the environment. We are proud to once again work with the British Fashion Council to help emerging diversity talent achieve their ambitions, while reinforcing the importance of sustainable practices and circularity. By equipping students with these materials and tools to help their creativity thrive, 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 gas emissions due to its long supply chains , its energy-intensive production and its waste.

An ongoing exhibition at the Design Museum in London (until September 4) highlights the award-winning social change fashion work of Brighton University graduate Bethany Williams, who creates pieces made from a variety of recycled sources and environmentally friendly, including book scraps, cactus leather, reclaimed fabrics, and pieces made from scrap packaging tape.

2020 BA (Hons) 3D Design and Craft graduate Imogen Gray (pictured below) won the Emerging Designer of the Year award as well as the Environmental Design award from Creative Conscience and the Business Design Center for having invented a method to salvage leather scraps that would previously have gone to landfill, and reuse them in a new material that enhances the natural boundaries of leather through its ability to be cast in moulds.

Brighton University graduate Imogen Gray with her repurposed leather form

Sarah-Louise Koessler, a BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies 2020 graduate, is developing new lines of handbags, accessories and a ready-to-wear collection using fabric scraps to reduce waste. waste. And Vanessa Menrad, BA (Hons) Fashion Communication with Business Studies 2020 graduate, created the YVERT digital channel to bring together fashion industry players with an interest in sustainability, to help them connect, create and drive change.

Dr Jules Findley, Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton’s School of Art and Media, said: “At the University of Brighton we teach sustainability and responsible thinking in all of our design courses, in particular in fashion, textiles and 3D design crafts, where change is accelerating due to climate change. Circular loops and recycling are taught so that students are aware of the important issues around fashion and textiles.“

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