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Design a collection of clothing that reflects twenty-first century lifestyles and technology-led innovation in fashion. 

Challenge details

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Fashion and technology have always been inherently linked, from the Spinning Jenny of the Georgian era and the textile mills of the Victorian era to the 3D printing and dye colouring techniques of today.

Contemporary creative technologies continue to exert a huge influence on the changing face of fashion.  There is a real focus on technological innovation and the varied role that this often now plays in fashion designs and development. An example of this is fabric prototypes that are literally sprayed on to the body before they set into solid form. A rising awareness of the need for environmental sustainability is also encouraging the use of recycled and reused materials in increasingly creative ways.

London is one of the greatest fashion hubs in the world. East London specifically has a rich tradition of textile manufacture, from silk weaving and imported textiles in the docks, through to the present day contemporary fashion emerging from this part of the Capital. East London is a centre of creativity and enterprise with a growing technology sector.  This project aims for students to bring together stories of east London’s textile heritage with visions of its technology-led future to explore how fashion moves forward through enterprise and innovation. 

  • To design a collection of clothing that reflects twenty-first century lifestyles and technology-led innovation in fashion
  • Designs should incorporate new technologies and draw inspiration from:
    • The Victoria and Albert Museum’s (V&A) fashion and textile collections held in South Kensington and at the Clothworkers’ Centre at Blythe House in Olympia
    • The textile heritage of East London
    • The spirit and energy of the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London

      Submissions should be in the format of a physical mood board or digital equivalent (see below under submissions) and include:
  • Designs for a collection of at least three items of clothing
  • One design worked up in detail, including images of or actual fabric samples (depending on submission method).  This design should include pattern and production details
  • Evidence of the design process, from original inspiration through to finished concept

The Prize

  • The eight short listed winners will have their mood boards displayed online on the project website and will be mentored by current students from MA Material Futures at Central Saint Martins in order to finalise and produce one of their designs
  • In April 2015 the eight finalist designs will be showcased at a fashion show held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the overall winner will be announced

Judging Criteria

Entries will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Meeting the challenge requirements, see above under ‘The Challenge Criteria’
  • Demonstrating a creative, innovative and imaginative response to the brief
  • Designing a final piece that can be realistically produced

Closing Date

This challenge has closed.


Notes to image:

Vega Zaishi Wang’s “Alpha Lyrae” collection. The eight-piece lineup harnesses electroluminescent technology to evoke the haunting beauty of the cosmos. The garments made their official debut in September 2012 at The Creators Project event in Beijing, where Wang teamed up with UFO Media Lab, electronic musician Zhang Shou Wang, and the lighting wizards at Top Right Optoelectronics to create an immersive, three-dimensional environment for her otherworldly designs.

Vega Wang is fashion designer based in Beijing with a BA in Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins. Upon graduation in 2008 she began her fashion line, Vega Zaishi Wang, which is known for purity of tone, exceptional handicraft, and a quiet charm.

How To Enter

Timeline of Key dates

January 2015 → March 2015
8 finalists meet mentors from MA Material Futures, Central St. Martins to create showcase peices. Approximately 10 weeks of mentoring.
25th March 2015
Final fashion show at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 


  • Schools may submit several entries and the teacher can decide whether students submit individually or in small groups (1-8 group members maximum per mood board)
  • Submissions can be worked up as part of subject class time, course work or out of school activity
  • Entries to the challenge can be submitted as either a physical A2 mood board or its digital equivalent via PDF, Powerpoint, Word or Pinterest.  Each submission must meet the challenge criteria
  • Please note, hard copy submissions must be delivered to the V&A at South Kensington between 10am-5pm on Friday 28th November, with the deadline for digital submissions being 5pm on the same date
  • Hard copy submissions cannot be returned by post, but you are free to collect work from the V&A between 10-5pm on Friday 16th January 2015
  • Digital entries or supporting material (PDF, Word, PowerPoint, Video and Pinterest mood boards) are to be sent directly to Ayesha Islam on Please note any pins added to a Pinterest mood board after the closing date will disqualify your entry

Terms and Conditions

  • The schools challenge is open to young people between the ages of 11-16 (targeting key stages 3 & 4) across London
  • Entries will be accepted by schools who register to participate on the website here.
  • All submissions must be the work of the submitting individuals/ team only
  • We kindly ask that you see out the full length of the challenge once registered. If you sign up to the challenge you are committing to submitting an entry. We advise you check the timeline of key dates to see exactly what you are committing to prior to registering your interest and taking part
  • The London Legacy Development Corporation, Victoria & Albert Museum, MA Material Futures, Central Saint Martins and MyKindaCrowd have the rights to use all submissions that are received as part of this challenge. Schools will need to secure the necessary parental consent if students feature prominently in elements of the submission

Any questions?

If you have any questions or would like more information please call Ayesha on 0207 627 1944 or email 

The Prizes

Eight winners will be mentored by current students from Central Saint Martins in order to finalise and produce one of their designs. The eight finalist designs will then be showcased at a fashion show held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, where the overall winner will be announced.


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