This month we catch up with Helena Dong, this year’s winner of the MFW Student Award! The RMIT Fashion Graduate’s collection blew us away, merging tailored design componants with a digital ‘choose your own adventure’ twist…
Get to know the finalists for this year’s Student Award at Melbourne Fashion Week; Hannah Berry, Lucy Broomhall, Navarone Johnson, Nigel Vogler! The award acknowledges the top five student collections which demonstrate excellence in research and development of fashion design, innovation, construction and potential to contribute to the future growth of the industry. We're thrilled to support the award alongside the City of Melbourne and búl.
Following intense rounds of preliminary judging, the 30 semi-finalists for the Redress Design Award 2018 have been unveiled. Organised by Hong Kong-based environmental NGO Redress, this year’s competition has been the toughest cycle yet since the launch of the world’s largest sustainable fashion design competition in 2011. Reviewing a record number of applications from 56 regions, the expert judging panels scored the applicants based on creativity, originality, sustainability and market viability in order to cut hundreds of ambitious young sustainable designers down to just 30, including 1 Australian designer; Tess Whitfort from Boxhill Institute!
Get to know Ngoc Truong, one of the finalists at the MFW Student Designer Award earlier this year! The Holmesglen Fashion graduate's collection was inspired by the strength and power of a volcanic eruption, with innovative fabric burning techniques explored to create dynamic textile surfaces and sculptural silhouettes.
During the year, we were lucky to work with several Bachelor of Fashion Merchandising students from Box Hill Institute on an industry research project around the local supply chain. We thought it would be a great opportunity to introduce you to some of them; Annabelle Bailes, Jessica Araujo, Krystal Bouterakos, Tiarn Barrett and Sarah Moran. The research? The project was around mapping the local textile and fashion supply chain capabilities in Australia, and devising an online platform for the industry to access.
GISP is seeking expressions of interest from QLD manufacturers in Fashion & Textiles. So often we hear about skills shortages in industry, about our ageing workforce and the threat of no new workers stepping up to fill these spaces. GISP is an exciting new project for QLD that will assist in building awareness and pathways into our industry for current high school students.
Looking for new talent for your creative team? The Academy of Design Australia, in conjunction with its partner LCI Education, invites you to be part of their Portfolio Platform. Here you can post job offers, snap up emerging talent and identify at a glance the most qualified candidates according to your own search criteria...
Ecothreads – Rags to Runway: Where education, design, music and sustainability collide to save the planet one outfit at a time. This weekend, Kangan Institute’s collaboration with Australian Red Cross and Melbourne all-girl rock band Stonefield is set to take the stage as part of the 2016 Melbourne Spring Fashion Week’s Curated Program. Ecothreads, will showcase the designs of the students with a sustainable runway and live performance from Stonefield, all the while fundraising for the Australian Red Cross!
Are you a start-up or emerging fashion brand looking for business support? We'd like to bring to your attention a great initiative from QUT's Creative Enterprise Australia (CEA), the Fashion Accelerator program! The program is Australia’s only fashion accelerator that supports fashion entrepreneurs, providing them with real-world knowledge and experience in a high-tech environment...
Hey Fashion, Design and Textile Students - this one is especially for you! Our friends at The Woolmark Company are inviting you to their 2016 Naturally Inspiring Seminar. Join leading industry experts for a complimentary insight into Merino wool's provenance, benefits, possibilities and place in contemporary fashion and textiles...
We'd like to bring to your attention TFIA Member's the Academy of Design Australia and their recent event with VAMFF's Cultural Program: Electronica! The project saw 13 designers from the Academy, work closely with the IEEE-Women in Engineering group to create designs that showcased a range of lighting effects, transforming the look of the garments and event space alike. The amazing display demonstrated an exciting collaboration between fashion design and engineering...
TFIA Guest Blogger | Paul Castro - Out of Mind
This week, guest blogger Paul Castro takes us through how better environmental performance can positively effect the bottom line!
Fashion manufacturing is a major cause of environmental degradation. Most first world companies manufacture overseas in order to save money. The resulting pollution, being out of sight, is also out of mind.
But things are changing, for a very powerful reason. Profit! Companies are starting to realise that better environmental performance can positively affect the bottom line.
‘Clean by Design’, for example, is a program created in the USA by the NRDC (National Resources Defense Council). Its goal is to reduce the environmental impact of textile manufacturing in developing countries, by implementing a ‘green supply chain’.
In order to execute this efficiency management program, the NRDC developed 10 Best Practices for Textile Mills to Save Money and Reduce Pollution. These best practices are divided across three main areas: Water (e.g.: reuse of cooling or process water), Energy (e.g.: recover heat from hot rinse water) and Electricity (e.g.: optimize compressed air system).
The program focuses on textile dyeing and finishing in over 50 mills around the world. Improvements in efficiency are “high impact, low-cost, profitable, with a short payback period of usually less than a year”.
The bottom line results? Savings on average of U$ 440,000 and up to U$3.5 million for the top mill, in the first year.
Linda Greer, director of NRDC’s health and environment program states:
‘Every one of the textile mills that has participated in ‘Clean by Design’… improved its environmental performance and saved money’.
A fantastic way to save money, whilst protecting the environment.
Paul Castro is one of TFIA's Student Members, and is currently undertaking his Masters in Fashion & Textile Design at RMIT University. Paul will be guest blogging for the TFIA over the coming months to keep you updated on issues of ethical and sustainable Fashion across the global supply chain. You can read more on Paul and his work HERE!