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Thursday 04 August 2022

Brighton Students Team Up With Burberry To Tackle Fashion Industry Waste

University of Brighton students are tackling fashion industry waste by making clothes from surplus fabric supplied to them by global fashion house Burberry.
Leila Eskandary-Miles

Established in 2020 in partnership with the British Fashion Council, the ReBurberry Fabric initiative reduces waste, while promoting circular economy principles alongside creativity. 

It also provides real practical help to hard-up students by providing them with free high-quality fabric to upcycle.

Burberry has now released its second donation of surplus fabric to fashion students at University of Brighton – plus other selected universities and fashion schools around the UK - following 12,000 metres of fabric donated in 2020. 

Here is how three students in their first year studying BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies at University of Brighton have gained from the project.

Georgia Bate said

"This initiative allows students like me to work with fabrics they wouldn't have had access to before. 

"As new designers, we want to be working with as many different types of fabrics as possible in our experiments and in the trialling stages. 

"Along with being very wasteful, this process can be really limited and hard to do when keeping to a budget."

Leila Eskandary-Miles said: 

"Having access to this fabric allowed me to experiment and be more ambitious with my ideas and execution, which in turn created a final outcome I was extremely proud of .... This initiative has inspired me to try and design with less waste, as well as to try and use deadstock fabrics and other pre-existing materials more."

For fellow University of Brighton student Luca McCarry, "this initiative was an opportunity to experiment and be creative without the burden of cost associated with using high-quality materials. Burberry's donation allowed me to experiment without bounds. 

"For an aspiring designer, it's reassuring to know that luxury fashion brands are actively looking to support young creatives in the industry."

by: Mike Cobley




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