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Beyond the Bale : Feb 07 - Mar 07
For the third consecutive year, AWI is working with RMIT University to ensure final-year students in the Bachelor of Arts Textile Design are aware of the benefits and versatility of Australian Merino wool. The 2006 concept for the AWI--RMIT Design Awards was the 'little dress'. The challenge for students was to design and construct the ultimate little dress, along the lines of the 'little black dress', which has become synonymous with classic style and is now a staple in most designer collections. Students developed a trans-seasonal collection of fabrics, as part of an Australian Merino wool promotional package. All students were encouraged to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity and to explore multiple textile surface design and construction techniques. For students majoring in print, the focus was on the 'little printed dress'. Printing styles included engineered motifs and fabric repeat-lengths utilising dyes and resist-inks combined with patchwork, appliqué, embroidery and surface embellishment. Students worked with pure Australian Merino wool lightweight jersey and various woven fabrics. For students majoring in constructed textiles it was either the 'little knitted dress' or the 'little woven dress'. Students developed knitted and woven fabric structures and combined these with embellishment and decorative techniques. Students worked with a range of wool-cotton blend and pure Australian Merino yarns. Twenty-five RMIT textile design students entered the awards by developing and presenting a 'Promotional Merino Wool Package' that included: ú a promotional board on Australian Merino wool yarn or fabric; ú a concept board; ú a promotional marketing concept book; ú fabric swatches and lengths dependent on the student's specialist area; and ú garments, including a little printed dress, little knitted dress or little woven dress. The winners of the competition were: ú Nell Oliver -- Best Fabric Promotional Package for Surface Pattern; ú Lahni Copeland -- Best Yarn Promotional Package for Constructed Textiles; ú Emily Howard -- Special Commendation for Fabric Promotional Package for Surface Pattern; and ú Emma Patterson -- Special Commendation for Yarn Promotional Package for Constructed Textiles. The judging panel included AWI product marketing manager Jennifer Lau and Frank Kisvarda, an industry adviser to AWI. "It is fantastic to see Australian Merino wool pushed beyond the boundaries and in truly unique and trans-seasonal garments by the talented students at RMIT," Ms Lau says. The awards were announced at the 2006 RMIT Textile Design Degree Show and presented by Mr Kisvarda on behalf of AWI. ú More information: Jennifer Lau, 02 9299 5155, email@example.com A little staple of Merino In the hands of design students, the 'little dress' is pushing the boundaries of Australian Merino wool innovation 17 DESIGN BEYOND THE BALE garment's construction and how it is to be worn. Entry forms must be lodged by mid-February and entries received by 2 March 2007. ú More information: www.tawfa.com.au (Top) Nell Oliver and (centre) Lahni Copeland, winners in the AWI--RMIT Design Awards. (Above left) Emily Howard and (right) Emma Patterson who received special commendations for their entries. New partnership brings maximum cool A partnership between AWI and technology giant INVISTA has resulted in the development of a textile that is durable and soft, a textile that makes life more comfortable -- what more could be asked from fashionable textiles today? The Merino Coolmax® blend has created a textile with enhanced performance attributes, fashionable qualities and a unique handle and drape that will benefit an entire range of designers from active outdoor apparel, through to intimate lingerie and haute couture designs. Charlotte Mills, head of product development at INVISTA, says "the benefits of Australian Merino wool are the ultimate match for the Coolmax® fibre.The natural durability, moisture absorbent qualities, and luxurious softness of Merino add a new dimension to Coolmax®." Coolmax® has been designed to move moisture away from the body and enhance the fabric's drying rate, thus keep the wearer feeling cool and dry. Coolmax® lightweight fabrics deliver performance and comfort through the use of proprietary polyester fibres with unique engineered microchannel cross sections, and/or specifically engineered two-sided, denier gradient fabrics made using Coolmax® qualifiable polyester or nylon yarns. Merino Coolmax® is aimed at enhancing comfort: breathability, softness, machine-washability, excellent drape and freedom from chemical treatments are all attributes built into the fabric. Australian Merino and Coolmax® can be combined prior to spinning, or as an end-on-end yarn in twisting or fabric plaiting during the knitting process. Merino Coolmax® was on display to the fashion and textile industry at the influential Pitti Filati trade exhibition in Florence, Italy, at the end of January, and will also be exhibited at the major Spin Expo trade exhibition in Shanghai, China, in March. "The innovation has come to fruition through a strategic partnership between AWI and INIVSTA," says Jimmy Jackson, AWI's global product development manager. "Together we have identified a real consumer need to extend the seasonality of Merino garments with a key focus on high performance/ sportswear as well as leisure and ready-to-wear garments. Merino Coolmax® is a great innovation that we are ecstatic to show at key trade shows across the globe with INVISTA." ú More information: Melissa Grace, 02 9299 5155, firstname.lastname@example.org The TAWFA categories are: ú a collection; ú secondary school 'year 12 formal'; ú active sportswear; ú a day at the office; ú race wear; ú men's wear; ú wearable art; ú evening wear; ú bridal wear; ú underwear or sleepwear; ú a collection by a tertiary college student using wool fabric donated by AWI; ú semi-professional; and ú professional.
Feb 07 - Mar 07 Supplement
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