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A good understanding of fibres and fabrics is an important tool in the designer’s repertoire. Fabrics are created by spinning fibres into yarns, which can then be made into fabrics. There are a wide variety of fibres used within the fashion industry. These are divided into three main classifications, which are *Natural, *Synthetic *Regenerated Natural fibres/fabrics can include, wool, silk, cotton and linen.

Synthetic fibres/fabrics will include, polyester and nylon and acrylics Regenerated fibres/fabrics (from wood pulp) such as viscose and rayon. Fibres can be used on their own or be blended to create fabrics that have unique qualities for the end user. Fibres can be blended for many reasons, to improve handle, or other properties or reduce production cost.


There are many different types of blends, such as polyester and cotton, or wool and nylon. Fabrics can be created in three different ways, Knitted Woven Non Woven Knitted fabrics Knitted fabrics come in a variety of types, wieghts and finishes. Knitted fabrics are divided into two main catergories, either warp or weft. Knitted fabrics can be created using either machines or by hand. Knitted fabrics are used for underwear and outerwear, as well as hoisery in this section you can see how designers have interpreted knitting this season, from under our clothes to big chunky knits.

Woven fabrics, are available in variety of weaves, such as Twill, Plain, Herringbone. Used for a diverse range of garments, and accessories, Designers such as Vivenne Westwood and Paul Smith have given woven fabrics a ‘eccentric english twist’ Click here to view Fashion capitals online gallery of the lasted in woven fabrics Non woven Non Woven fabrics are created by layering fibres then either combining the fibres using mechanical means or by steam or heat. The fabrics produced give a unique finish to any garment or product, hand felted products give a unique one-off product.

Click here to see how designers are exploring this area of design Fabrics are an intrinsically important part of the design process and a good understanding of fabrics and their properties is important before the design process commences.

The properties of the fabric will influence the style of the garment e.g. a lightwieght silk wool blend in crepe jersey is ideal for a drape styled dress for a key statement piece in a top end collection. Click here to see how designers are using fabrics to make statement pieces in their colllections Sustainability Sustainability and the environment, lets not forget the recent upsurge in all things environmental.

Designers are using new fibres and fabrics in their collections, that are more friendly to the environment Organic Cottons,Bamboo, Hemp, to name a few, and manufacturers have created fibres that are more environmentally friendly to produce such as Lyocel, and Tencel. Fashion designers such as Junky Styling have forged a niche in their development of one off garments that take recycled clothing to another level. Companies such as Patagonia, People Tree, Terraplana and Howies, have gone along way to make, and companies such as Voltaic systems incorporate environmental with hi-tech in their bags and clothes. Companies such as Morsbags encourage us to reuse our old garments and turn them into shopping bags.



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