the materialist is proud to have powered the 2023 Student Fabric Initiative - a deadstock donation project in collaboration with British Fashion Council and the Institute of Positive Fashion. The Initiative was created to bring sustainability and circularity closer to fashion education in the UK, encouraging brands and universities to work together.

BA and MA students used deadstock textiles donated by a luxury British brand to create a design proposal that could be realised and showcased at the Institute of Positive Fashion Forum 2023. The project encouraged future talent to think creatively about deadstock and its use from the outset of the design process.

the materialist, which oversaw all deadstock fabric deliveries to 33 universities across the UK, is proud to have been at the core of the Initiative, managing all operations and facilitating partnerships between the donor, universities and BFC. In March 2023 the Student Fabric Initiative Competition was launched. 8 finalists were selected, and Anna Kalifatidou of the Bath School of Art and Design was announced as the winner.

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The finalists

 

Anna Kalifatidou

BA Fashion Design, Bath Spa University

 

 

Annie Severs

 

BA Fashion, Ravensbourne University London

 

Jingwei Wang

 

 

MA Fashion Humanwear, Royal College of Art

 

 

Maria Rupprecht

 

MA Fashion, Ravensbourne University London

 

 

Sophie Hirst

 

BA Fashion Design & Technology, Manchester Fashion Institute

 

 

Miles George Daniel

 

MA Fashion Knitwear, Royal College of Art

 

 

Surina Bains

 

BA Fashion Design, Birmingham City University

 

 

Zoë Daley

 

MA Textiles, Royal College of Art