‘The French Textile Collection’ a collaborative project between SF Academy of Art University and French Textile Mills
Collaborations between Fashion education and the industry are always a cause for celebration, especially when it takes place cross borders, bringing together a broad range of skills and perspectives.
Twelve students from the Academy of Art University School of Fashion were selected to design a collaborative collection for Spring 2013, using textiles and fabrics donated by France’s most prestigious mills. The collection was presented at the Academy of Art University’s Spring 2013 Fashion Show at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The collaboration was organized by the AAU and UBIFRANCE, the French Trade Commission in the US.
The twelve AAU students specialized in fashion, knitwear, and textile design, and worked together on the project. They produced a collection that was both eye-catching and inventive.
The French mills donated fabrics of various types, including silks and jacquards, wools and knits, and stunning laces and velvets. Textile design students Mina Fadaie and Liza Quiñones printed the fabrics to bring a sense of cohesion to the collection through color and pattern.
Simultaneously, fashion design students Korkor Apo, Maclay Bowers, Joe Chung, Guiping April Feng, Massayuki Ito, Erica Laba, Eli Daniel Odisho, Angela Sison, and Wen-Lin Lina Tsai designed a variety of silhouettes, some sleek and structured pieces, others more fluid and free flowing, but all expertly constructed.Knitwear design student Kyung Hwa Kim created stunning knit pieces by shredding hundreds of strips of chiffon and weaving them back together.
Simon Ungless, director of the Academy of Art University School of Fashion, was enthusiastic about this project, stating that: “The French Textile Collection was a great opportunity for students to be able to work with really beautiful, high quality fabrics. It also taught them a lot about collaboration – bringing together different ideas to form one cohesive story.”
The participating French mills, regularly exhibit at Premiere Vision Preview Show in New York. They included AB Creations (print); Avelana, Roudière (technic/sports fabrics); Belinac, Denis&Fils, (jacquards); Philea, Sprintex (jacquards & knits); Clarenson (wools); Solstiss, Sophie Hallette (lace); Deveaux, Henitex International (knits) and Velcorex (velvet, stretch corduroy, jeans wear).