NTU fashion students create innovative upcycled garment designs for Emmanuel House beneficiaries

The ‘EmmanuelHouseNTU 2021’ project is nearing completion for the third year and we are thrilled to see the final outerwear garments produced by the Level 1 Fashion Design students at Nottingham Trent University. Over 100 garments have been created from secondhand textiles with specific considerations for the needs of people who are homeless, rough sleeping, in crisis or at risk of homelessness.

Previously the textiles used to create these garments have come primarily from Emmanuel House Charity Shop. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, donations and volunteering were limited in accordance with government restrictions, but students were still able to gather their own secondhand textiles from home for the project. We want to say a huge thank you to Lavenham and brands within the Pentland Group for their generous donations of textiles for this project. Their contributions have elevated the quality and functionality of the garments as well as the overall aesthetic.

Many of the students have found the project to be fulfilling and rewarding. They have enjoyed the challenge of thinking about how their design work can really make a difference and have a positive impact on the lives of people who are less fortunate.

In addition to the garment, each designer also produced an accompanying swing tag. This important element details the unique story of its development, the inspiration, textiles used and the purpose for which it is intended. Thank you to Intelligent Label Solutions for running a branding competition within the project timeframe. Students were given the opportunity to submit a digital design for their swing tag with 3 winners – Natasha Owen, Emma Jones and Deva Thankan.

Natasha Owen – be protective, be transformable, be comfortable

Emma Jones – The Cocoon Coat, paper making process, plant benefits

Deva Thankan – mask tag, handmade story

The showcase of the garments will take place once the students work has been marked. Ideas include a parade down to Emmanuel House in September 2021, but more details will follow. Garments will then be on offer to beneficiaries at Emmanuel House to utilise whilst they are experiencing homelessness, including rough sleeping.

Remaining garments will be auctioned or go on sale in the Emmanuel House Charity Shop.

You can follow progress and find out more about the project at #EmmanuelhouseNTU on Facebook and Instagram.