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Nottingham Trent University student designs sustainable catwalk collection

By Andrea Byrne

Jul 26, 2021


Photo credit: Becky Sherwin

22-year-old BA fashion design student Francesca Morgan has created a sustainable catwalk collection.

The student designed this collection with sustainability in mind so she used discarded and deadstock fabric, fabric from charity shops and more. She created this collection to be timeless so that the garments could be worn for years to come.

Morgan said in a statement: “As hard as it sounds to believe, an estimated 20 per cent of water pollution comes from textile dyeing and treatment. And these toxic chemicals can kill marine life, reduce biodiversity and pollute drinking water.

“So what’s needed is for the fashion industry to remove the use of these dyes in their designs altogether, so that they are no longer desirable for the consumer.”

Krystyna Kolowska, senior lecturer in fashion design at Nottingham Trent University, added: “Francesca has demonstrated how resourceful designers can be in helping minimise the footprint that fashion has on the planet.

“Her work highlights the importance of using dyes which do not damage waterways, and show how sustainable solutions can be stylish while also providing greater clothing longevity.”

The 22-year-old student’s work will feature at Nottingham Trent University’s art and design summer show, as part of an online exhibition on wearecreativesntu.art, along with other graduating artists and designers.