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ReBurberry Fabric
In Partnership With The British Fashion Council

This year, Burberry is continuing its ReBurberry Fabric partnership with the British Fashion Council, which supports creative talent while promoting a circular economy, with a second donation of surplus fabric that brings the total fabric donated to over 12,000 metres to more than 30 fashion schools and universities.

Embodying our belief that creativity opens spaces, this initiative encourages the next generation to consider new ways of thinking about their creative methods and material sourcing, giving them the chance to develop tomorrow’s approach to fashion design and production.


Meet the Recipients
Burberry talks to students about what the programme means to them and why it’s so important.

What does this initiative mean to you?

Cayley Cochrane, BA (Hons) Fashion, Edinburgh College of Art
To me this initiative means opportunity. It allows the designers of tomorrow to bring new life to the most luxurious designer fabrics, that as students we would otherwise not have been able to work with, whilst also allowing us to link our education and designs with one of the biggest names in the industry.

Luca McCarry, BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies, University of Brighton
This initiative was an opportunity to experiment and be creative without the burden of cost associated with using high-quality materials. Burberry’s donation allowed me to experiment without bounds. For an aspiring designer, it’s reassuring to know that luxury fashion brands are actively looking to support young creatives in the industry.

Georgia Bate, BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies, University of Brighton
I feel so privileged to have been involved in this initiative. It’s given me a further insight into the fashion industry, allowing me to set myself goals, with the ambition of being able to work with fabrics from such a prestigious company all the time. It’s giving me something to aim towards with my studies.

What is the most important aspect of the initiative?

Jay Lenthall, BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies, University of Brighton
The most important aspect of the initiative is to tackle the environmental impact of which the fashion industry contributes to. It’s a fundamental change of how fashion designers work to not contribute to a worldwide crisis and ensure responsibility.

Leila Eskandary-Miles, BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies, University of Brighton
The environmental aspect of this initiative is one of the most important elements. Instead of allowing this fabric to sit and waste away, adding to the immense amount of textile waste, the initiative continues the cycle of creation by allowing young designers to create and experiment with more freedom than they may have previously had. If more companies were to employ this circular approach towards their own excess, both up-and-coming designers and the environment would benefit.

Olivia Shearon, BA (Hons) Fashion, Edinburgh College of Art
I think the most important aspect of the initiative is that the fabric has been donated to university students across the country – therefore the resources are being recycled and reused within the fashion industry and contributing to a circular chain.

How has ReBurberry Fabric impacted the way you design collections?

Cayley: Fabric is one of the most vital elements within design. It is the base. This initiative allowed me to experiment – draping stretch wool and combining it with my handwoven and braided rope into a one-of-a-kind creation. In the future, thanks to this initiative, I will be working with a more sustainable approach, repurposing and continuing to use deadstock materials.

Leila: Having access to this fabric allowed me to experiment and be more ambitious with my ideas and execution, which in turn created a final outcome I was extremely proud of. The main idea of this initiative has inspired me to try and design with less waste as well as to try and use deadstock fabrics and other pre-existing materials more.

Georgia: Using the leftover fabrics as part of this initiative has really made me think about how I can be resourceful with my materials. It’s encouraged me to explore other materials to incorporate into my designs, which may not typically be considered as fabric. I have used 100 per cent recycled brown paper, alongside the Burberry fabric in my project. This programme has made me think about how I can use the fabric and rework it to make it my own.

‘Burberry providing young designers with the opportunity to experiment, whilst also helping to make the fashion community more circular, is extremely important for the future of the industry.’

Luca McCarry, BA (Hons) Fashion Design with Business Studies, University of Brighton


What are your thoughts about reducing fabric waste in fashion design?

Luca: Reducing waste in the fashion industry is critical to the future of the industry and should be at the front of more organisations’ minds. The sooner the fashion industry becomes a circular economy the better, not just for the environment, but for designers too.

Jay: I believe reducing fabric waste is an integral part of the process. Reusing and upcycling fabric and garments in existence can also inspire new ideas in ways to manipulate them further or bring new life to something.

Georgia: The fashion industry doesn’t need to be wasteful as designers can still create completely different looks by repurposing the same fabrics. It is even more creative to be able to design something from the same fabric but make it completely new and your own. I’d love to see more of this with current designers, and new designers of my generation.
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