4 LCF students get Kering awards for sustainable fashion

Md Masudur Rahman       
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Four students of London College of Fashion (LCF) have achieved the 2017 Kering Awards for Sustainable Fashion. Kering, a global luxury group develops an ensemble of luxury houses in fashion, leather goods, jewelry and watches as well as developing sports and Lifestyle brands Puma, Volcom and Cobra.

Figure: Four winners of Kering Awards for sustainable fashion.
Figure: Four winners of Kering Awards for sustainable fashion.

In the event over 350 guests, including sustainability experts, journalists and fashion industry professionals gathered in London for the 4th Kering Talk, where Marco Bizzarri, President & CEO of Gucci, was the guest of honor and keynote speaker.

As part of the 2017 Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion, Gucci and Stella McCartney set 100 London College of Fashion students a sustainability challenge from which ten finalist projects were selected. The 2017 Kering Award for Sustainable Fashion was presented to four outstanding students: Laure Fernandez and Charlie Wilkinson for Gucci; and Dianjen Lin and Jennifer Kusowski for Stella McCartney. This year’s projects showed exceptional ingenuity and a multidisciplinary approach, blending science, technology and design.

Winner of the award for innovation in fashion & sustainability:

Laure Fernandez is a fashion designer who was trained in the UK and France, specializing in material finishes. She is currently studying MA Fashion Futures at London College of Fashion, UAL.

She developed a unique method named “Future Artisans” merges science with sustainable materials and creates design patterns as well as explores the future of printing processes. The process uses natural, microbial pigments and applies externalstimulus, such as sound vibrations, to cause the micro-organisms to expand, forming beautiful, unique colored patterns.

Winner of the award for collaboration in fashion & sustainability:

Charlie Wilkinson is a designer and maker, specializing in leather bags and accessories. She is currently studying BA (Hons) Fashion Bags and Accessories: Product Design & Innovation at Cordwainer’s at London College of Fashion, UAL, and has worked at Dr Martens as an Accessories Design Assistant.

“X Sunday” aims to replace the structural materials within Gucci’s hard luggage, replacing plastic and leather with a mixture of cork and bio-resin. Cork and bio-resin have the added benefit of being lightweight and durable as well as sustainable. The second part of the project addresses the issues around wear and tear of the outer materials of luggage. When the structural integrity of the luggage remains intact but the outside is worn, customers are encouraged to update their luggage with specially designed wraps to prolong the lifespan of their luggage.

Winner of the award for innovation in Fashion & Sustainability:

Dianjen Lin is a designer with 6 years of professional experience across costume/fashion design, photography, art and silver metalwork. Dianjen is currently studying MA Fashion Futures at London College of Fashion, UAL.

Her project “Regenerative Sustainability Activism” aims to make sustainability as easy and accessible as putting on an item of clothing. Dianjen has begun researching the development of Post-Carbon material, i.e. materials that absorb CO2. She has merged algae cultures with fibers and her initial results have been promising: one Post-Carbon T-shirt can produce 4% more oxygen than generated by a tree.

Winner of the award for collaboration in Fashion & Sustainability:

Jennifer is a fashion designer with over seven years of industry experience as a denim specialist. She designed, developed and sourced the first-ever organic denim trouser for baby department. Jennifer is currently studying MA Fashion Futures at London College of Fashion, UAL.

“Designing Denim with Nature” aims to develop the UK’s first “fiber shed”. A fiber shed is a circular system where textiles are designed, sewn, grown, processed, sold, worn and composted locally, in a specific region. This allows for complete traceability into the origins of the textiles, and works towards removing the use of toxic dyes and synthetic finishes.

Both these winners will receive a €10,000 grant to continue their research.


  1. http://www.kering.com/en/press-releases/winners_of_the_2017_kering_award_for_sustainable_fashion_
  2. https://fashionunited.in/news/fashion/kering-announces-sustainable-winners/2017101215870
  3. http://sustainable-fashion.com/blog/jenni-kusowski-kering-award-finalist/

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