BA Fashion Design graduate Paolo Carzana has been announced as the winner of the 2018 Fashion Makes Sense Award (FMSA) at the 34th IAF World Fashion Convention in Maastricht.

The award is designed to motivate designers who create with a passion for humanity and the environment. Paolo Carzana’s collection featured garments made from fabrics that include hand-dyed vintage linen as well as pineapple, bamboo and banana textile, finished with the use of tree-shrub waxing, to create sustainable garments.

The FMSA project aims to develop talent and support sustainable design on the one hand and raise awareness of sustainability-related issues with a broader audience on the other. FMSA has been created in co-operation with the Province of Limburg and was launched during the FASHIONCLASH Festival 2017 in Maastricht. FMSA is designed to motivate and stimulate promising talent to think about sustainability and to offer young talents support in developing a permanent collection.

Paolo won the jury prize worth €2,500. His winning outfit, which was also shown at London Fashion Week as part of the Westminster runway show in February, was also on display at the Bijenkorf department store in Maastricht last month where the public was able to vote for the winner.

Professor Andrew Groves, Course Director for BA Fashion Design, said: “This is a fantastic acknowledgement for the highly innovative runway collection that Paolo originally presented at London Fashion Week in February. Not only was his collection truly visually exciting but now with this award understand the number of complicated processes and fabrications that he used to ensure that the collection was both ethical and sustainable.”

Find out more about the Fashion Design BA Honours course offered at the University of Westminster.

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