Using cotton products provided by the brand, the students will produce a portfolio of original design work and will be encouraged to experiment with materials and processes in order to develop innovative fabrics. Later this summer, they will be given the opportunity to raise their profile by presenting their collections to fellow students, academics and industry representatives.
COTTON USA is a global brand of cotton and is committed to educating and strengthening the market for cotton and cotton products.
Kerry Walton, Programme Director for Textiles: Innovation and Design, said: “We are delighted to be collaborating with COTTON USA on the Innovation Competition. At the University, we strive to offer students a truly outstanding, relevant insight into the world of contemporary textiles. Working with US cotton will give students the opportunity to develop vital skills for the future and learn first-hand how integral quality materials are to innovative designs.”
Stephanie Thiers-Ratcliffe, International Marketing Manager for COTTON USA, said: “Loughborough University consistently tops university league tables for both course quality and student experience, with the Textiles course in particular benefiting from exceptional facilities and specialist technical expertise. We are thrilled to be partnering with them to encourage and support future industry talent.”