Achieving and ReTrieving Creativity through Europe..
Achieving and ReTrieving Creativity through European fashion Cultural HERitage Inspiration
Start date: Dec 1, 2016,
End date: May 31, 2019
The European textile industry has always been keen to preserve representative examples of textile production of the past, either for creative or for educational purposes. Numerous collections of antique and exotic textiles, today preserved in museums, have come from the private collections of textile entrepreneurs or industrial institutes and schools. Many firms have also acquired whole archives or textile samples from other sources.Over the last few decades, the economic crisis which has affected the European textile sector has resulted in the loss of many textile archives. Indeed the failure of businesses and the consequent closure of their warehouses has caused the loss of hundreds of textile samples and designs. In order to avoid breaking the line of continuity which joins past and future textile production - a fundamental feature of European excellence in the fashion sector - it is necessary for museums, cultural institutions and textile companies to protect our textile heritage.The project objective is to both to to contribute to the protection and exploitation of the fashion Cultural Heritage and organize and structure it in vocational training courses for the improvement of EU fashion designers (Fashion designers working in T&A Industries and young fashion designers). The purpose of the developed curricula will be to train EU fashion designers to improve their designs and achieve an increased added value of their garments, by achieving precious knowledge about the past and current state of fashion. Work-based training ICT tools based on fashion cultural heritage is missing from European fashion industry which needs inspiration and learning from a glorious past in order to add value to its products and boost its competitiveness internationally. The platform will respond to design skills and for that scope will concentrate information and digitalize material from fashion museums. More specifically, the results which are expected during the implementation of the project and on its completion could easily summarize as follows:1. The enhancement of knowledge, skills and competences of fashion designers. 2. The engagement of fashion industry personnel in the lifelong learning in a non-formal, business setting, based on experiential, work-based, problem-based and self-directed learning, and a learning outcomes approach. 3. The definition and development of a Curriculum for the VET as an European Standard, including a qualification framework5. Establishment of a digital training platform which will bring together fashion designers across Europe, provide online training and facilitate dissemination of knowledge and sharing of experience. Moreover, it will serve as a medium for all stakeholders in the field to share concerns and advice, as well as promote employment opportunities.6. The improvement and extension of high quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of fashion designers, operating within the entire spectrum of fashion industries7. The contribution to the modernisation and professionalism of especially SME’s, through the use of a high quality ICT Tool, which will facilitate the organisation and function of design departments8. The achievement of an effective and tangible quality development of EU fashion industry’s competitiveness and internationalisation of their work and personnelThe project involves 5 partners from 4 EU countries, all with a longestablished vocation on T&A productions and a significant tradition in design and creativity. Coherently with the nature of the project, the partnership is composed by Business Associations, T&A museum, organizations supporting T&A businesses, University and NGO active in ICT technological tools development.The project is structured on one preparation and 3 main implementation phases.
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