Schneeberg School in Zwickau – from traditional craftsmanship to an international design college

Fashion and technical textiles – how can they go together? Extraordinarily well actually, as will be demonstrated by four universities at the Innovative Apparel Show, held during the Techtextil and Texprocess trade fairs from 4 to 7 May on the subjects of fashion, design and textile design. Elaborately staged live walks will be held where the future fashion designers will present their ideas of innovative apparel textiles and processing technologies. One of the contributors to the Innovative Apparel Show will be the Schneeberg Applied Arts Department of the University of Zwickau in West Saxony.

The Schneeberg School, which is rich in traditions, can trace its roots back to the late 19th century when it was part of an establishment known as the Schneeberg Royal School of Lacemaking Patterns. Today, after several restructuring runs, the department is a modern design college with high standards and an increasingly international Profile.

Zwickau University of Applied Sciences for the State of West Saxony, Faculty of Applied Arts, Schneeberg, Franz Grünewald.

Zwickau University of Applied Sciences for the State of West Saxony, Faculty of Applied Arts, Schneeberg, Franz Grünewald.

The university department is set to take part in the Innovative Apparel Show with various academic projects that illustrate the full range of innovative apparel textiles and the underlying processing technologies. This includes, for instance, an experimental fashion project with nonwoven fabrics in three-dimensional structures as well as a degree project under the motto of “alienation”, focusing on unfamiliar shapes, exaggerated silhouettes and combinations of unusual materials such as felt, laminate and neoprene.

Other academic projects on the subject of functionwear are about the use of Gore materials and are intended to deliver innovative stimuli for leisure activities such as horse riding and will create perfect combinations of individuality and functionality in everyday life.

A selection of the creative designs can be viewed at the Innovative Apparel Show in the special show section in Hall 6.1 and on the Live Walk, Foyer Hall 5.1/6.1.

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