The projects presented also include “Conscious Contemporary Tailoring”, a platform promoted by Fondazione Zegna together with the London College of Fashion, San Patrignano (weaving dept.) and Making for Change.
Last days for State of Fashion: the first international event devoted to sustainable and honest fashion held at the Melkfabriek in Arnhem (Netherlands) till 22 July. “Searching for the New Luxury” is the title of the first edition and is curated by José Teunissen, dean of the design and technology school at London College of Fashion.
“State of Fashion is a platform for projects that show, in their various ways, that there’s much more to fashion than just clothes. The value of the process, the history and the people that create the clothing or the fabrics themselves, they all help to make a garment special. “Searching for the New Luxury” is an exhibition that explores new definitions of luxury as a response to pressing ecological and social needs: less waste and less pollution, more equality, wellbeing and inclusiveness.”
This was José Teunissen’s summing up of the theme and objectives of State of Fashion, whose projects also include “Conscious Contemporary Tailoring”, a platform promoted by Fondazione Zegna together with the London College of Fashion, San Patrignano (weaving dept.) and Making for Change, a fashion training and production unit based at Downview, a women’s prison in the UK.
A space in which people can experiment and learn from one another, a platform for using crafts and fashion as instruments for personal rehabilitation and social change: this is the mission of “Conscious Contemporary Tailoring”, which has activated a network of creative and human contacts between the four bodies involved. Bethany Williams, a men’s fashion designer who graduated from the London College of Fashion, worked with women in the weaving department at San Patrignano and experimented with recycled fibers and materials and new techniques for working on traditional looms. This produced some unique fabrics, a source of inspiration for the students on the BA (Hons) course in Fashion Design Technology (menswear), who designed both garments and accessories that were then passed on to weavers at San Patrignano and inmates at HMP Downview. These women interpreted and produced the students’ models in a process of interaction – messages, inspirations, gifts – between England and Italy. A whole platform thus grew out of a virtuous circle of relationships and initiatives that help women change through education, learning and skills. Not to mention rebuilding their self-esteem and self-confidence.