Feel The Yarn

The International Master and Contest for future knitwear designers

Once a year, students from the best fashion schools all around the world are invited in Italy for a short, but effective, training program on materials and textile processes. Feel the yarn supports young aspiring knitwear designers awarding the best of them with free supplies of fancy yarns for making their dreams come true.

Andrea Lupo Lanzara
Accademia di Costume e di Moda
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Lan Lan
Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology
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Hiromi Yagihara
Bunka Fashion College
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Ellen Bendt
Hochschule Niederrhein
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Andrea Lupo Lanzara

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Accademia di Costume e di Moda

Founded in 1964, The Accademia di Costume e di Moda (Costume and Fashion Academy) is a leading institute as far as Costume and Fashion Design are concerned. The institute  is certified by the Italian Ministry of Education (MIUR) for its first level degree course (called Academic Diploma) in Costume and Fashion Design. The Accademia di Costume e di Moda has been attended by many world-famous fashion designers like Isabella Rossellini, Manlio Rocchetti, Frida Giannini, Maurizio Galante, Tommaso Aquilano and Albino D’Amato.

Andrea Lupo Lanzara, Executive Director

‘The Costume and Fashion Academy is always happy to welcome the possibility offered to its students to participate in international competitions like Feel the Yarn. It is a training occasion for students from all over the world, where they confront each other openly, participating in the seminars of the project that can contribute to the consolidation of their technical skills. And they are also offered great visibility thanks to the  presence at Pitti Filati of a huge number of experts in this sector.’

Lan Lan

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Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology

Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) is China’s premiere educational facility associated with fashion, specializing in the integration of art and technology.
Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology (BIFT) was founded in 1988. In the 20 years development, our education concept has always been “Creativity Integrate Technology, Design Inherit Culture”. Students can specialize in: Fashion Art Design, Fashion Design & Engineering, Fashion Performance and Fashion Communication.  
 

Lan Lan, Lecturer & International department secretary of SFAE

‘Feel the yarn is an excellent platform where to showcase unique Knitwear items and give fashion design students the chance of showing their creativity. But it is also an amazing opportunity to build the global network between knitwear industry and fashion education. We do believe Feel the yarn is the best way to build this kind of relationship thanks to the professionalism and enthusiasm that animate this project.’ 

Hiromi Yagihara

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Bunka Fashion College

Bunka Fashion College has been playing a leading role in specialized fashion education in Japan since its foundation in 1923. Over the years, many really talented students have studied and graduated at this college, and among these we remember some world-famous fashion designers: Hiroko Koshiono, Junko Koshiono, Kenzo Takada, Yohji Yamamoto, Chisato Tsumori, Junya Watanabe, Jun Takahashi, NIGO, Tamae Hirokawa, Naoto Hirooka.
The college offers an original curriculum that is divided into four departments: the Fashion Creation Department, Fashion Technology Department, Fashion Marketing and Distribution Department, and Fashion Accessories and Textiles Department.
 

Hiromi_Yagihara, tutor

"I hope that an encounter between a high quality Italian yarn and students' young sensitivity could make leading knit designers for the next generation. 
I really appreciate your giving us such a wonderful opportunity.
I also hope that this project will continue for students who study knitwear."
 

Ellen Bendt

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Hochschule Niederrhein

The Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology in Mönchengladbach is one of Europe's largest study locations for young textile and design engineers. The faculty can look back on a history of 100 years and now offers outstanding conditions and a wide range of modern Bachelor's and Master's programmes leading to respective degrees: Bachelor of Science and Master of Science. Courses are taught both in German and English. 

Ellen Bendt, tutor

‘We are so pleased to be able to take part in the Feel The Yarn contest again! 
For our students the competition is a great opportunity to show their creativity and talent to an international audience. They want to improve their knowhow and to get to know the possibilities and conditions of the Italian yarn suppliers. Our participating students are looking forward to meet other students from universities all over the world. Definitely this will be very inspiring for them and I am sure they will quick become real Pull-Lovers with a new feeling for knit.’

Judyanna Ng

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Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

The Institute of Textiles and Clothing (ITC) of The Hong Kong Polytechnic University is a world renowned tertiary education and research institute in the areas of design, business and technology. 
ITC is unique in its multi-disciplinary nature. A wide range of programmes, covering fashion and textile design, fashion business as well as fashion technology, is offered to train and develop all-around talents and professionals who are capable of creating knowledge and bringing new energy to the industry in Hong Kong and the region.  
 

Judyanna NG, tutor

‘I am pleased Feel the Yarn offers this valuable opportunity again to our students. Feel the Yarn provides an international platform for students’ works to be seen. Their works not only demonstrate their talent, creativity and knitwear knowledge, but also reflect their dedicated enthusiasm and passion for knitwear design. Today, with the vital demand of this evolving and technology–driven knitwear industry, the process of manufacturing and designing is getting complex. Hence, it is important for students to understand and appreciate the design and creation of yarn, since yarn is the starting point of the entire design and manufacturing process. Students will certainly be inspired by the beautiful Italian yarns.’

Samantha Elliott

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Kingston University

The course covers all aspects of the design process – from research and design development to creating garments using cut and construction.
Every student through all the levels  of the program will be involved  in professional practice related to their studio work. Art and design history is completed by studio-based projects and overseas study trips (to New York, for example). Design projects are delivered by a dedicated team of specialist practising designers and modules are led by experienced tutors.
 

Samantha Elliott, Principal Lecturer Kingston University

‘Knitwear is a growing discipline at Kingston University, with investment in technology that is inspiring the students. We are thrilled to be exhibiting at such a prestigious event, helping to put Kingston knit on a global platform. The students have embraced the brief and used the yarn qualities to inspire silhouette, colour and texture. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to learn from the spinners and the industry professionals involved in the project, preparing them for their first graduate placements.’

Luca Belotti

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NABA

NABA -Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano (New Academy of Fine Arts of Milan), is  a formative institute on fine arts and design: founded in 1980 in Milan upon the initiative of Ausonio Zappa, Guido Ballo and Gianni Colombo, it is the largest private Academy in Italy, and it has been the first to be officially certified (in 1980) by the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research. NABA offers academic diplomas equivalent to first and second level university degrees in design, fashion design, graphic design, multimedia, visual arts, and set design.

Luca Belotti, tutor

‘Creating, manipulating, undoing, binding, playing, processing, burning, crossing, modeling: all these are the ideas our students Giulia and Valeria think of, as a standing source of inspiration. Feel the Yarn is a unique chance of being free to experiment with fashion, in line with NABA’s philosophy, also dealing with the real-contemporary world of Pitti Filati.’
 

Sarah Dallas

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ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART

The Royal College of Art is the world's most influential postgraduate university of Art and Design, offering the degrees of MA, MPhil and PhD. The primary aim of the School of Material is to unleash each student's professional self-assurance through the acquisition of a sound design methodology and rigorous research technique. Graduates have established their own successful businesses in all aspects of fashion and design including Erdem, Boudicca, Orla Kiely, Holly Fulton and Sibling.