Aware of the carbon impact of the fashion industry, IFA Paris as a responsible fashion school integrates social and environmental concerns closely linked to the fashion sector into its programs. IFA Paris will soon be certified as a CSR institute and is making its students aware of the need to comply with these requirements. The new Upcycling project proposed to Bachelor in Fashion Design & Technology is in line with this approach in order to meet a twofold objective: to optimize creations while producing no waste. A responsible design against a backdrop of sustainable development.... Upcycling at IFA Paris

Similar workshops were initiated last year as part of the Margiela exhibition, a conceptual creator of genius, which transforms any collection into a piece of Haute Couture. Inspired by his unique techniques, our students then disassembled second-hand clothing to better restructure it into unique and original pieces. A great success, particularly for Jana Blank and Rafiga Hajili, who had respectively contributed to the recycling of jeans and of suits, giving back to these materials all their letters of nobility.

Building on this success, IFA Paris is renewing the operation with its 2nd year students of the Bachelor in Fashion Design & Technology program, who will have to deploy all their artistic and technical skills to produce zero waste products: a project focused on raising awareness among our future designers of the waste in fashion.

The economy is at the heart of creativity; it aims to encourage the development of new production techniques based on a global protective strategy. An awareness that seems necessary to open the way for change from the design stage, and thus set the starting point for a new and more respectful sector.

While combining creative and stylistic aspects, actors must now move towards sustainability standards in order to reduce environmental impact because there is an urgent need to react. There is an urgent need to reconsider resource consumption and its polluting emissions: overproduction of raw materials (cotton), volume of discarded clothing, hazardous production processes (leather dyeing or denim washing)... all aspects that are unknown or voluntarily ignored by the general public, but highly destructive for both the planet and mankind. It's time for action!

At the end of 7 weeks of work, the best works will be sent to the Redress Design Award contest, which will select the best sustainable designer from among the selected young designers. A single watchword therefore to succeed in this challenge: maximizing talent to minimize waste!

To learn more on the program which offers this workshop: Bachelor in Fashion Design & Technology