David Nieper Academy Hosts First Sustainable Fashion Challenge

Wednesday 10th November, 2021

With the effects of climate change becoming increasingly more severe, this week David Nieper Academy has been scrutinising one of the biggest contributors – fast fashion.

Miss Bingham and Miss Topham, teachers of Technology and Art, developed the idea of a Sustainable Fashion Week Challenge for Year 9 pupils.

The challenge was invented to demonstrate how something new and exciting can be created from old and unwanted materials to reduce the amount of waste produced from the fashion industry. Pupils were to use the annual fashion extravaganza, the Met Gala, as their inspiration.

Over five hundred items of materials were donated to the academy, allowing the pupils freedom to design and manufacture their fashion pieces with assistance from David Nieper machinists.

Year 9 tutor groups split up to create nine different outfits, each with a different theme.

The themes in each collection were:

  • Neon Nineties
  • Designer Darling
  • Spectacular Sport
  • Glamorous Gaming
  • Sun, Sea 60’s
  • Upside Down, Inside Out
  • All Black Everything
  • Crazy Circus
  • Fabulous Festival

The pupils had to draw up designs for their outfits before picking seven donated clothing items, fabrics, and accessories to construct their outfit. A clothing market was set up in the academy and pupils had just four minutes to select their choices.

Six machinists from the David Nieper factory joined the academy for the day, assisting pupils with the technicalities of manufacturing outfits. Pupils liaised with the machinists to professionally sew the garments together on industrial machines before adding accessories.

Once the pieces were created, pupils showcased their new fashion designs by walking them down the academy’s catwalk in front of their peers; a panel of judges; many staff and Governors and Trustees of the academy.

Louise Housley, Design and Merchandise Manager at David Nieper, and Jane Hallows judged the overall winning collection of the David Nieper Academy Sustainable Fashion Challenge to be Miss Pell’s form, 9CPE.

Winners of the subgroups were:

  • Neon Nineties—Ethan Molly
  • Designer Darling—Abigail Cope
  • Spectacular Sport—Riley Bennett
  • Glamorous Gaming—Scott-Lee Dale
  • Sun, Sea 60’s—Archie Pugh
  • Upside Down, Inside Out—Riley Radford
  • All Black Everything—Isabelle Kirk
  • Crazy Circus—Trinity Boxall
  • Fabulous Festival—Ellie Farndon