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Cunnington & Sanderson invited by Future Fashion Factory to judge campaign for wool competition.

Award winning fashion designers Cunnington & Sanderson judging competition at Salts Mill Yorkshire

Throughout the month of October, the Future Fashion Factory ran an exhibition with garments from the Yorkshire archives highlighting Yorkshire wool fashion and textiles at the world heritage site Salts Mill to celebrate campaign for wool #woolmonth, and invited Cunnington & Sanderson to judge the fashion design competition.

Students from the surrounding area participated in a competition held by the future of Fashion Factory to capture the exhibition story of #heritage, #innovation and historical excellence of the textile and manufacturing within the Yorkshire region. On display included garments made Yorkshire Archives and included luxury fashion from AW Hainsworth and Sons Ltd cloth, and from designers such as Lee Hurst, Thierry Mugler and Commes de Garcon.

Wool campaign exhibition with the Future Fashion Factory.

FFF invited Cunnington & Sanderson to judge and announce the winners for the competition and to present the prizes to the finalists. Fashion Design students applied from the School of Design University of Leeds, The University of Huddersfield and Bradford College.

From left to right.

⭐ 1st Place was Beth Eustace, Final Year Fashion Design Student, University of Leeds.

⭐ 2nd Place was Ummara Amjad, Final Year Fashion Design Student, University of Huddersfield.

⭐3rd Place was Imogen West, Final Year Fashion Design Student, University of Leeds.

Photography by Alex Beldea -

"Salts Mill was a perfect setting to celebrate the work of the next generation of fashion designers educated from the Yorkshire region. All the finalists showcased a great range of work from innovative design, beautiful illustrations to a strong narrative. We wish them all the very best in their future studies.”

Cunnington & Sanderson also presented their knotted woollen dress on a live model @elliesutcliffeveitch, which served to illustrate the relationship between contemporary design and Yorkshire textile mills as it exists today. The knotted dress, an innovative zero-waste design skilfully draped by hand is made with locally sourced heritage wool from Abraham Moon & Sons. Cunnington & Sanderson design and make luxury sustainable fashion to last and to be cherished, proudly working with Yorkshire Wool from the very beginning of their brand, using quality textiles and designing with zero-waste pattern cutting uses the full quality of the wool and helps to make the most of every garment. Improving the durability of textiles, our emotional relationship with our clothes all help towards the longevity of fashion in our wardrobe.

Model wearing luxury zero waste sustainable knot dress by Cunnington & Sanderson.

Zoe Silver, Director of Salts Mill, said, “We’re delighted to host the Future Fashion Factory x Wool Month exhibition here at Salts Mill in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Saltaire – a beautiful place that was built to create beautiful textiles.

“This exhibition is a great opportunity to celebrate the treasures of the Yorkshire Fashion Archive, to shine a light on the utterly superb wool textile production that goes on in Yorkshire today and to inspire the designers of the future with the exciting student competition.”

Professor Stephen Russell, Co-Director of Future Fashion Factory, said, “Future Fashion Factory supports creativity and innovation at every stage of the supply chain, bringing academics and companies together in collaboration, to ensure sustainable development and growth of the UK’s fashion and textile industry.

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