Alexander McQueen Will Donate Leftover Fabric to Students Across the UK
Are you a student about to embark on your final collection? Well, there’s a good chance that you could possibly be making your showstopping looks out of leftover Alexander McQueen fabric.
Today, the British house has announced its second round of fabric donations for students across the country in need of materials. Launched in 2019 by creative director Sarah Burton, the scheme is a savvy way of sustainably redistributing surplus materials and helping fashion’s next generation simultaneously.
“It’s our responsibility to extend our programme of practical help and encouragement to students and fashion schools,” explains Burton in a statement. “The fabric donations build on the relationships we’ve made with educationalists across the UK who are teaching students from school age to graduate level and is broadening out to reach further in 2021.”
Over the past two years, McQueen has donated fabric to over 20 institutions and fashion community projects, organised directly with tutors across the country. Liverpudlian designer Steven Stokey-Daley is a notable graduate who’s benefited from the scheme, using McQueen leftovers to create a large chunk of his Harry Styles-endorsed, University of Westminster graduate collection last year.
“When times are so much more difficult for young creative people, taking action to share our resources and open eyes to opportunities has become a central in-house commitment at Alexander McQueen which we all take very seriously,” adds Burton, who says the house will maximise the number of schools it will donate to in 2021.
Photographs taken from a drape workshop with Manchester School of Art Foundation students at Alexander McQueen’s Old Bond Street store.
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