Whitecliffe Fashion Design students have once again collaborated with French83 for The Restyle Project. The project now is in its fourth year is an initiative to up-cycle pre-loved suits and shirts collected by French83. The brief this year for Year 2 Fashion Design students was to work in teams to research develop and design an innovative and commercially viable accessory for men or women. The accessories are for sale online and at the French83 shop located in Auckland CBD. 100% of the sale price will be donated back to students. Each student in the team who best met the design brief were gifted fabric to the value of $900. The winning team this year was Thomas Munday and Lydia Li.
Students have managed to recycle almost 13 kilos of textile waste through the project. Fashion and Sustainability has long been a focus of the Whitecliffe Fashion Design Department through other initiatives such as Project Matatika. Whitecliffe also launched a stream of the Master of Fine Arts degree specialising in Fashion and Sustainability in 2015.
French83 is run by Vivian Cheng and her brother, Peter Cheng. Nicole Wesseling, a Whitecliffe graduate, is the head designer for French83. For more information, please visit the French83 website.
(Photo by Yoon Tae Kim of Lydia Li and Thomas Munday)