DAY EIGHTEEN – (18th August)

Posted by Zoe Fletcher on Friday, August 27, 2010

* Back at the MAS Design Centre, I was able to spend the day in the fabric testing facilities, learning how they develop new fabrics, match the right ones to the customer’s specifications, and test their performance against the customer’s criteria.

*It was amazing to see the fabric sample rooms, with row upon row of fabric, lace, trimmings and components all split into fibre content, manufacturers and colour! There was a selection of Organic and new technologically advanced fabrics such as lyocell and corn starch that have just been developed to the standards needed in lingerie production.

*In the afternoon I was able to speak to a design coordinator for their new Amanti range, sold exclusively in India, who looked after the whole process of manufacture from making sure the sourced fabric arrives to sample in time, to making sure the correctly dyed pieces are shipped to the manufacturing factory when requested.


Zoe Grace Fletcher Currently undertaking a PhD at Manchester Metropolitan University within the MIRIAD post-graduate department, I am beginning a practice based academic journey into British wool fibres and new technologies within knitwear design. Graduating with Distinction from a Masters in Fashion and the Environment at London College of Fashion, specialising in hand-knitting and the British Wool Industry, I have worked on a number of knitwear collections (personal and external companies), whilst freelancing and researching for a number of exciting projects. My work revolves around the idea of sustainable fashion from a knitted perspective and the different ways to achieve this incorporating the ideas of slow fashion into mainstream society. I love knitting. And wool. And double sided sticky tape.
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