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Stanningley fabric manufacturer Hainsworth backs ‘slow’ fashion competition

Historic West Leeds-based fabric manufacturer and woollen mill Hainsworth has backed a competition supporting ‘slow’ fashion.

The Stanningley mill, which dates back over 230 years, recently collaborated with Manchester Metropolitan University’s Fashion Design and Technology program (MMUFDT) for the 22/23 Live Brief competition.

The annual competition challenged future fashion designers to create garments that embody the essence of slow fashion, using Hainsworth’s premium fabrics. 

Students who entered the competition were encouraged to consider various elements of slow fashion, including waste reduction, use of natural materials, quality craftsmanship, style over trend, functionality, and garment longevity. After careful deliberation, student Stacy Chan was chosen as the winning designer, drawing inspiration from her Chinese heritage to create a stylish and timeless design.

The competition showcased excellent craftsmanship from MMUFDT students, demonstrating their design talent and commitment to sustainable fashion.

Hainsworth worked alongside course tutor Adrian Thornton in facilitating the project.

While all the entries displayed exceptional craftsmanship and adherence to slow fashion principles, Stacy Chan’s collection was chosen as the winner of the competition and £500 prize. Her elegant designs focused on timeless pieces that can be worn through generations, and her final garment was created with Hainsworth Jade cloth from the Vivid Hues Melton range and a silk lining.

Stacy explained: “I am incredibly happy for being chosen as the best in class. This project has been my favourite so far, and seeing my hard work paid off is very pleasant.”

Charlotte Law, marketing manager at AW Hainsworth, added: “Stacy’s garment really stood out to us. The symbolism behind the sublimation print tells a story of longevity, while the Chinese knot buttons, handmade with care, represent rich heritage and skilled craftsmanship.”

Hainsworth, a pioneer in the slow fashion movement, aims to connect environmental, ethical, and social responsibility to create beautiful, well-made garments that stand the test of time.

Next month, members of the Hainsworth team will travel to London College of Fashion to judge another live brief fashion design competition for students.

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