Bradford College fashion design students among Yorkshire competition finalists

To celebrate Wool Month 2022, Future Fashion Factory (FFF) held an exhibition of Yorkshire wool and textiles at Salts Mill in West Yorkshire. To mark the closing of the exhibition, Future Fashion Factory held an awards ceremony for students from across the region, which was attended by the competition judges, luxury fashion designers, Cunnington & Sanderson.

Cunnington & Sanderson said:

It was a great pleasure for Cunnington & Sanderson to be invited by the Future Fashion Factory to judge this important competition inspired by the Yorkshire Archives campaign for wool month.

“Salts Mill was an ideal setting to celebrate the work of the next generation of fashion designers trained in the Yorkshire region. All finalists presented a wide range of work ranging from innovative design, beautiful illustrations to strong storytelling. We wish them all the best in their future studies.

The competition entrants are made up of the 60 fashion design students from the Yorkshire region, who attended the opening event of the exhibition. The students submitted images that reinterpreted and captured the exhibit in visual form, building on a heritage of excellence in textiles and manufacturing in the region.

FFF invited Cunnington & Sanderson to judge and announce the winners, alongside a presentation of their own woolen dress tied to a live model, which served to illustrate the relationship between contemporary design and Yorkshire textile mills such as they exist today.

The 10 finalists included three students from Bradford College, with entries from fashion design students, Blandine Lum, Maimoona Darr and Sumayyah Imran.

Future Fashion Factory’s Wool Month display included clothes by AW Hainsworth and pieces on loan from the Yorkshire Fashion Archive. Showcasing Yorkshire’s textile and fashion manufacturing over the years, the exhibition provides insight into Yorkshire as a center of textile heritage and a champion of innovation. Personal stories are told through the archival clothing on display, which reflects the lives of their donors.

The exhibition demonstrates Yorkshire’s long-standing place in the world of luxury fashion, including pieces from designers such as Lee Hurst, Like boys and Thierry Mugler.

A variety of historical clothing and examples of luxury fashion were on display. As a demonstration of the first form of coding used in the textile industry, a selection of jacquard punched cards was on display. Jacquard weaving is still used today, apparent in home decor textiles and as a fabric that lends fashion a level of bespoke and heritage value. Also on display was a royal guard jacket, made from the iconic scarlet Hainsworth fabric.

Zoe Silver, Director of Salts Mill, said:

“We are delighted to host the Future Fashion Factory x Wool Month exhibition here at Salts Mill, in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire – a beautiful place that was built to create beautiful textiles.

“This exhibition is a great opportunity to celebrate the treasures of Yorkshire’s fashion archives, to shine a light on the absolutely superb woolen textile production that takes place in Yorkshire today and to inspire designers of the future with the exciting student contest.

Professor Stephen Russell, co-director of Future Fashion Factory, said:

Future Fashion Factory supports creativity and innovation at every stage of the supply chain, bringing together academics and business in collaboration, to ensure the sustainable development and growth of the UK fashion and textile industry. United.

This exhibition celebrates the rich history of innovative design and manufacturing in Yorkshire’s wool textile industry, which continues to thrive today with products internationally renowned for their aesthetics, quality and performance.”

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