Fashion students create sustainable, bespoke collection – FE News

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Students from Greater Brighton Metropolitan College (GB MET) worked with textile artist Dr. Noki and international vintage clothing retailer Beyond Retro to create bespoke garments that are now available at Beyond Retro’s flagship store in Brighton.

Students transformed the GB MET College brand into a fashion brand, using screen printing, knitting, crocheting and embellishments to create their unique pieces.

The students were guided by Dr. Noki, a textile artist and anti-fast fashion activist, was inspired and tasked with celebrating the anti-fast fashion industry in her designs. The lectures by Dr. Noki were kindly funded by UniConnect.

This live project equipped Level 3 Fashion Design and Business Diploma students with the skills to create a custom build. Each student was tasked with adapting and altering two vintage t-shirts given to them by Beyond Retro to create a bespoke collection.

The collections, visually marketed by Head VM Alice, were ‘dropped’ at Beyond Retro’s flagship store in Brighton on January 18th, with all proceeds going to the Clock Tower Sanctuary.

The clothing window display in Beyond Retro

Fashion Design & Business Course Instructor Georgina Hooper said: “The collaboration between textile artist Dr. Noki and the fashion and business students was so exciting and ambitious. The students approached this project so professionally with so much innovation, creativity, individuality and ambition.

“Sustainability is such an integral element of fashion design today that equipping young creatives of the future with the skills to pattern cut and design in ways that increase landfill waste is essentia, and these students embraced this head on. Due to the unique selection, each piece is as unique as its owner. I couldn’t be prouder of her. What a brilliant experience and way to learn about the fast pace of fashion!”

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