Students of Italian fashion school Istituto Marangoni collaborated with American luxury cotton Supima and the largest European manufacturer of shirting fabrics, Albini Group, to create a collection of organic cotton fabrics. The aim of the project is to support, inspire and encourage young product managers in achieving their personal and professional goals.
The students of the Master Course in Fashion Product Management were divided into four groups where they worked on the themes: White, Denim, Total Look/Overshirt and Casual Shirt. The projects were analysed and evaluated, with a garment being chosen and subsequently created for each theme. This way students experienced how it is to collaborate with two important players in the international textile market.
“This is the first time that Supima and Albini collaborated together with a leading design school in Europe. We were extremely impressed with the creative projects that the students did with their Albini fabrics made with Supima and we are proud to have supported future designers in this ambitious project,” says Buxton Midyette, VP Marketing and Promotions at Supima.
The students who faced the White challenge used Albini’s Organic Ecozephir fabric, enhancing the Supima cotton with the aim of reinterpreting the classic white shirt with the addition of a modern twist.
The Supima cotton fiber’s strength also works for creating denim fabrics of the utmost quality and a rustic look, such as the Piazza Vecchia textile, a unique and exclusive organic selvage denim that the students were able to use to create a Streetwear-style dress, with attention paid to each and every detail.
One of the characteristics of fabrics made of Supima cotton is their durability combined with softness. The students who dedicated their efforts to the Total Look/Overshirt theme created a trench coat with the Shakespeare fabric, 100 percent cotton.
Finally, for the Casual Shirt theme, the students opted for Zephir, a very fine gingham of organic cotton to create a shirt with a perfect fit and unique style.
“The Supima/Albini project represented a unique occasion for our students working as Product Manager, giving them the opportunity to understand the specific process of the creation of garments and facing the distinctive facets of the whole matter, from the idea to the production,” explains Paolo Meroni, Italy Director of Education of Istituto Marangoni Milano.
The garments created by Istituto Marangoni Milano students will be exhibited for two weeks in the Albini Showroom in Milan, starting from June 14.