The Spectacular Showcase of Textile Innovation at the University of Huddersfield and the Textile Centre of Excellence shone a spotlight on the incredible scientific and creative innovation taking place in the textile industry today. Visitors came to find out how scientists, businesses and artists are continually exploring how to make the industry more sustainable and environmentally friendly.
On Friday the focus was on how this innovation has created a thriving industry in Kirklees and activities highlighted the diverse careers that the industry now offers.
As well as tours of the Technical Textiles department at the University, there were talks from Alan Cannon Jones, former Saville Row tailor, with 50 years of experience in the fashion industry and as a teacher at the London College of Fashion, and from Parik Goswami, Professor in Technical Textiles on how scientific developments in textiles are being applied in areas far beyond clothing.
The Textile Centre of Excellence hosted a Careers Fair to showcase the many different roles and jobs that are available in the thriving industry that exists within the district.
On Saturday the Spectacular Showcase hosted the awe-inspiring culmination of the Future Fashion Challenge
with a fashion show created by around 150 young people from schools from across the district.
Also on offer on both Friday and Saturday were free workshops on up-cycling, using conductive thread, contemporary embroidery an opportunity to join in with a computer game that involves knitting…