Clarendon Sixth Form College News

Fashion students create ‘eco-friendly’ designs with IKEA

Fashion students at Clarendon Sixth Form College are looking to the future by creating a series of garments made from recycled materials.

Students have designed a series of innovative outfits made using materials donated by furnishings store, IKEA.

The garments, which take inspiration from fashion designer Dior and 1950s fashions, are all made from fabrics normally used in upholstery, curtains and carpets.

The ‘fast fashion’ industry consumes nearly 70 million barrels of crude oil per year in clothing production, with the items it produces taking up to 200 years to decompose. Students and staff worked with Christie Duckworth, local marketing specialist at IKEA, to come up with the final designs.

The project culminated in a photoshoot at the company’s Ashton-under-Lyne store with photography students from Clarendon Sixth Form College.

Ryan Boulton, fashion teacher at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “We are passionate about introducing live briefs into the course and allowing students the opportunity to experience how a designer would work for a client. The students have really immersed themselves into the project, producing innovative design ideas. It’s crucial for our students to learn about the negative effects of the fashion industry alongside its benefits and this project is the perfect way for them to do that. The way that they have produced the clothing means that there is no wastage and they look fantastic. Well done to the students.”

Hannah McLean, fashion and textile student at Clarendon Sixth Form College, said: “It’s been fun working with IKEA and doing a live brief. Christie and the team at IKEA have helped us through the whole process alongside our teachers. It will really benefit my portfolio and help me in the future.“

To find out more about creative studies courses at Clarendon Sixth Form College, call 0161 908 6800.