At the beginning of the education, the students learn what a traditional design process is like and how it is being done. How do you get ideas and how can you develop them?
Then, the experimental phase begins. This is where the students search for new methods and approaches. What are the restrictions? What does a traditional mannequin look like? Why? Which conditions and views of the body do this result in? How do we look at fashion in relation to these conditions?
This is also a matter of material knowledge, about learning to get the best out of a material, to see how a material works at a moving body, and knowing about which methods to use in order to succeed.
The Swedish School of Textiles has well-equipped laboratories staffed by skilled and experienced technicians, which gives you great opportunities to test and try to realise your ideas with the same types of machines as the industry. There are also well-lit and spacious studios for the students to work in. Each student has their own desk during the entire programme, which is another advantage that makes the work easier.
But fashion is more than just about making clothes. For example, it is important to know about and relate to political and social codes. Perhaps you could make different kinds of uniforms in alternative ways. What would they look like? The students works are based on a critical view of clothing and design, which is reflected in the collections that they exhibit in fashion shows during the education. Here, you can afford to go wild and be creative since the garments are not intended to be bought by fashion companies right away.
All degree projects are shown at an exhibition at the textile museum in Borås, at Stockholms fashion week, and London Fashion Week. In addition to this, many students participate in international competitions such as Design Nest and HM Design Award. Getting the opportunity to show your work to a professional and international audience gives positive effects, such as recognition, contacts, and constructive feedback.
After graduation, many students continue studying for a masters degree. Others start working for different fashion houses or start their own business. The internship during the third year often results in valuable contacts for future employments.