Mar. 14, 2019
Toray promotes sustainability at Central Saint Martins White Show with Ultrasuede®
using a partially plant-based raw material
On December 6, 2018, The White Show was held at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London (UAL), 1 Granary Square. This annual catwalk show is a showcase of BA Fashion design students first design project 'The White Project'. Toray's contribution to the project was its Ultrasuede® made from partially plant-based raw material. , Toray offered a special class at Central Saint Martins to familiarize students with Ultrasuede®. The class also covered the important theme of sustainability.
I. Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London
Central Saint Martins is a world-renowned arts and design college, and is one of the six colleges within University of the Arts London. The college has nurtured many generations of creative talent. Among its graduates are world leaders in the fashion community, including John Galliano, Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci.
Ⅱ. The White Project
The White Show is a fashion event that showcases the garments of first-year BA Fashion students at Central Saint Martins that they complete in the first term project The White Project. Each student produces a single design in white. This project is the first step in the students’ creative journey. For many, it may mark the beginning of a successful career in the fashion industry. The Garments are then shown as part of The White Show, a catwalk featuring all designs produced within the White Project.
The concept of this year’s show is ''Initiation''. Based on this concept, 159 first-year students were given the opportunity to produce creations of their own and present them to their peers and the college community. Students worked to create garments based on one of three themes— ''Traditional Borderlines,'' ''Lovers'', and ''A Personal Experience with Art''.
For the first time in the project’s history, this event adopted a new focus—reducing waste by avoiding excess plastic and paper consumption. As such, the event encouraged students to be innovative and creative in constructing garments from sustainable sources. Recently, the large volume consumption of clothing has caused a growing problem of garment waste. In fact, this waste has become the second largest threat to the global environment. To address this issue, it was important for the students to assess their own stance on sustainability throughout their design process.
The White Show is conceived, organized, and promoted by first-year students of BA Fashion Journalism and BA Fashion Communication & Promotion.
Ⅲ. Ultrasuede® using partially plant-based raw material
Ultrasuede® is Toray’s proprietary nonwoven ultra-fine finbers suede, which has been widely recognized as a luxurious material of premium Japanese quality. Drawing on Toray’s advanced technology, Ultrasuede® has also earned a high reputation worldwide for its comprehensive lineup for diverse applications.
Toray has long been committed to the development of sustainable, environmentally friendly products. These efforts led to the launch of Ultrasuede® PX made from a partially plant-based polyester in 2016. This was followed in January 2019 by the release of Ultrasuede® BX, the world’s first product of its kind to use partially plant-based polyurethane. By adding Ultrasuede® BX to its lineup, Toray seeks to further expand the range of nonwoven microfiber suede materials that support sustainability and creativity without compromise.
Ⅳ. Designs using Ultrasuedeｮ presented at the White Show
Ⅴ. Special Lecture
Ultrasuede® keeps evolving toward a future full of "Beautiful Possibilities."