Speaking to fibre2fashion, Vietnamese fashion designer Dang Thi Minh Hanh said, “Vietnam is a country with longstanding culture, rich history and proud tradition and it has a great potential in the field of textiles and apparels, but the country lacks skilled workers."
"Though, there are many traditional craft villages and artisans, the country is facing shortage of professional fashion designers and marketing teams," she adds.
Echoing her Patis Tesoro, a Philippine fashion designer who was one of the participants in the Vietnam fashion week last month, says, Vietnam is a promising market for the fashion industry, but there is a shortage of skilled workers in the country.
Her suggestion: “Bringing in fashion designers and artists from other countries for sharing designs and ideas would fast track the Vietnamese fashion industry into the global fashion industry.”
Another designer who participated in last month’s fashion week in Vietnam, French fashion designer Françoise Hoffmann, says, “Vietnam fashion industry is focused on the preservation of traditional crafts such as weaving, use of bamboo, etc.”
“Vietnam fashion industry is mainly depending on human skills rather than technical equipments. Most of the fashion creations by the local designers in the country are a mix of traditional culture and contemporary designs,” she opines.
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The winners of the inaugural awards are Sally Hewett from Northumbria University for TOPSHOP and Rebecca Howarth from Manchester School of Art for TOPMAN.
The Graduate Design Programme offers the two students a prestigious 12 month paid internship at TOPSHOP and TOPMAN respectively. This is the first year TOPSHOP and TOPMAN have partnered with the British Fashion Council on a Graduate initiative and reinforces their on-going support of emerging talent.
Students were invited to submit a minimum of one mood board that demonstrates strong commercial awareness and understanding of the TOPSHOP or TOPMAN customer. From this mood board, applicants designed a 15 piece capsule collection that fully encapsulates their theme, showing key silhouettes, fabrics and colour choices.
A selection committee comprised of TOPSHOP or TOPMAN representatives invited applicants to a judging meeting to talk through their design project. The calibre of work was extremely high and a lengthy decision process was involved before the final decision on the winner was reached.
Simon Ward, COO, British Fashion Council, commented; “As sponsors of our emerging talent initiatives NEWGEN and NEWGEN MEN, we’re delighted to be partnering with TOPSHOP and TOPMAN on this new venture to extend further support to graduate level talent. The Graduate Design Programme offers students invaluable industry experience and we’re certain both winners will thrive from the experience.”
“The Graduate Design Programme in partnership with the British Fashion Council is a natural extension of our work with design talent in the UK; it allows us to support emerging and graduate designers. The winner will have the opportunity to develop as a designer and gain valuable first-hand experience of a business through their time at Topshop." - Mary Homer, Managing Director of TOPSHOP
Gordon Richardson, Design Director of TOPMAN, adds; “Topman has been supporting emerging talent for over 10 years and is excited to be helping a new generation of talented designers start their careers through this initiative.”
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May 6, 2013
The details are inspired and precious: magnificent detailing, exquisite fabric in pure silk organza, regal trains, Swarovski crystals, tulle, lace and materials made from the highest quality of workmanship.
Paola Stramucci’s gowns are created in the atelier, Glen Spose: a warm and refined atmosphere where Paola herself, along with her assistants and expert embroiderers, welcome each client.
The warmth of the boutique is framed by the charm and elegance of the historical “Palazzo Santa Croce,” which is located in the heart of Rome, Italy, and dates back to the 1500s.
The new Glen Spose line interprets and distinguishes the latest trends in wedding gowns and evening gowns with models that are elegant, romantic and fairy-tale like. The details are inspired and precious: magnificent detailing, exquisite fabric in pure silk organza, regal trains, Swarovski crystals, tulle, lace and materials made from the highest quality of workmanship.
Each gown is custom-made by hand, under the careful supervision of the designer, Paola. She adds: “With each woman, a special relationship is formed. She must feel in every moment that I am close by her and will make the perfect gown for her, and the people who accompany the future bride keep in mind and admire the workmanship of the fabrics and the attention to detail that when they consider wearing a Glen Spose evening gown to that event or even for other occasions.”
Glen Spose evening wear and formal wear are all custom-made by hand and can be worn in any type of occasion: dinner parties, gran soirées, for the theater and after, debutante balls, ceremonies and other high-society events. “I wanted to create gowns that can satisfy every taste of every woman regardless of age, who wishes to dress fittingly for each important occasion,” continues designer Paola Stramucci.
“Even our 2013 collection proceeds in attentively researching elegant materials, precious fabrics and workmanship with silk like chiffon, duchesse or satin. The gowns can be styled with accessories of our own production.”
April 30, 2013
This year for the first time The Campaign for Wool has partnered with eight interiors brands. They include Fanuli, Orson & Blake, Designer Rugs, King Furniture, Workshopped, Great Dane and Supa Centa Moore Park.
The Campaign for Wool is designed to turn a spotlight on wool’s natural qualities and versatility. Each wool garment offers a range of natural benefits, comfort and softness. Wool is biodegradable; when it is disposed of in soil it will decompose over time and not end up as landfill.
UTS student designer Katherine Mavridis designed this stunning piece as part of the Student Showcase.
It’s easy to care for and breathable, and its natural structure allows it to regulate body temperature keeping you warm when it’s cold and cool when it’s hot.
Wool being innovative, versatile and resilient is perfect for interiors and is becoming even more so through new technologies. Wool fabric will stand up to years of everyday wear and tear, making it the perfect choice for interior products including upholstery, carpets, floor coverings, curtains and cushions.
Workshopped, who exhibit and retail Australian design products are collaborating with Tony Parker, founder of Parker Furniture for The Campaign for Wool. Workshopped has partnered with Covemore Designs to re-introduce select pieces from the Tony Parker mid-century range. Many of Covemore Designs craftspeople used to work with Tony Parker. A selection of these pieces will be furnished with 100 per cent wool.
Australia’s top fashion retailers and designers are celebrating Wool Week with their new season in-store merchandise made with wool and beautiful in-store installations, window displays and consumer events.
To launch Wool Week, The Campaign for Wool has partnered with Sydney’s The Strand Arcade. Textile artist Magda Sayeg has wrapped six metre tall fibreglass trees with Australian Merino wool in this season’s winter colours. Twenty-five woolly fashion pieces designed by young design and textile students will also be on display as part of a Student Showcase at Sydney’s The Strand Arcade. The pieces are designed by students from Curtin University, Queensland University of Technology, RMIT University, University of Technology Sydney and Whitehouse Institute of Design.
From April 21 department store David Jones is presenting an installation of mannequins inspired by the winter season’s most fashionable designer pieces. A selection of wool garments by Australia’s top designers including Camilla and Marc are carrying the unique The Campaign for Wool swing tag.
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Famous English actress and voice-over artist Joanna Lumley has joined hands with the England-based University for the Creative Arts (UCA) to launch a digital archive of some of the sumptuous designs created by veteran fashion designer Zandra Rhodes.
Titled as Zandra Rhodes Digital Study Collection, the website will offer an unprecedented access to images of 500 extraordinary dresses, created by the English designer, for Princess Diana, Jackie Onassis and Elizabeth Taylor.
Serving as an educational resource for fashion or textile designers and researchers, the digital catalogue will also include nearly 1000 personal sketches and behind-the-scene footages shot at Rhodes’ personal atelier.
Boasting of a successful design career, spanning five decades, 72-year-old Rhodes still commands an impressive client list with the likes of Kylie Minogue, Sarah Jessica Parker and Paris Hilton.