School to lead major fashion innovation project

A new multi-million pound research project to boost creative innovation in the fashion industry is being led by the School of Design.

We are delighted to have been awarded a multi-million pound grant from the Arts and Humanities Research Council to lead on a project boosting creative innovation in fashion. This is part of a UK wide major investment into the creative industry and the University of Leeds is one of nine clusters across the country bringing together researchers and businesses.

The project, Future Fashion Factory,  led by Professor Stephen Russell, will explore and develop new digital technologies to help improve design processes. Professor Russell said: "The vision is to transform the UK industry’s capacity for new product innovation, and to reduce lead times and waste. This will be done through the convergence of new digital and textile technologies within the fashion design process."

Aiming to transform the fashion industry’s capacity, new digital technologies will be developed to increase productivity, shrink design process lead times, lower costs, and importantly, reduce waste. Partners of the project include Yorkshire Textiles, the Royal College of Art, Burberry, Wools of New Zealand, Abraham Moon & Sons, The Textile Centre of Excellence, Camira and the British Fashion Council.Worth more than £92bn to the UK economy, creative industries exports an estimated £46bn in goods and services each year. The investment aims to create even more jobs, develop talents and drive the growth of companies, products and experiences that can be marketed around the world. 

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