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UK university to lead textile innovation project

The University of Leeds in the UK will lead a multi-million-pound research project that aims to boost innovation in the textile and fashion industry.

The project is one of several being funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

It will explore and develop new digital technologies that can improve luxury design processes. This will include technologies to increase productivity, reduce design process lead times, lower costs and reduce waste. 

Project partners include the Royal College of Art, luxury brand Burberry, Wools of New Zealand, The Textile Centre of Excellence, and the British Fashion Council. 

Stephen Russell, professor of Textile Materials and Technology at the University of Leeds’ School of Design, will spearhead the project. He said: "The vision is to transform the UK industry’s capacity for new product innovation, and to reduce lead times and waste. This will be done through the convergence of new digital and textile technologies within the fashion design process.”

He added that collaborative research and development by companies across the supply chain is “fundamental” to the future growth of the UK textile and fashion industry.