RadiciGroup & POLIMI hold sportswear workshop for students

February 08, 2018 - Italy

RadiciGroup, a leading producer of chemical intermediates, polyamide polymers, engineering plastics, synthetic fibres, and nonwovens, collaborated with the scientific-technological university Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI), and conducted a sportswear design workshop for the students enrolled in the Design for the Fashion System Master’s programme.

About 50 students from different countries attended the training course, which ran from September to December 2017. The workshop’s objective was for the students to develop and design sportswear apparel featuring innovative shapes, materials, and styles.

In order to stay close to reality and challenge the students with a complex task, the Alpine Rescue Corps of Lombardy, Italy, was called on to participate. The students listened to the needs and requirements of the rescuers in emergencies and created a number of garment collections specifically for those activities, including, in particular, a high visibility jacket.

Maurizia Botti, coordinator and instructor of the sportswear design workshop said, “Through our teamwork with RadiciGroup and the Alpine Rescue Corps of Lombardy, our students had the opportunity to transfer the technological knowledge they acquired during the first part of the course to a specific real-life case, where comfort, performance and innovation had to be combined in one garment. I am particularly satisfied with this project, which provided the academic world with the opportunity to interact with a major producer of materials for the sportswear sector on a project involving the study of technical apparel to be used by the Italian Alpine and Speleological Rescue Corps (CNSAS).”

The students were divided into seven work groups, each of which created its own brand name, mission, and values. Then, on the basis of the needs of the Alpine rescuers in emergency situations and the performance characteristics of the various materials, each student team prepared a real collection: besides the high visibility jacket, they studied the first, second, and third clothing layers and accessories (gloves and helmet).

In the second part of the workshop, the students, under the guidance of Professor Gianfranco Azzini, took up the challenge of creating an urban collection, which, starting from typical Italian tailoring, evolved towards deconstructed tailoring and technological fabrics to create more contemporary streetwear. RadiciGroup synthetic fibres, either by themselves or in combination with natural fibres, turned out to be the right choice for this kind of application, in that they ensure comfort, better wearability, and versatility of final garments. (GK)