International luxury textile trade fair, Milano Unica has announced in New York City together with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA), ‘The Fabric Program,’ with three emerging designers selected after an accurate phase to participate: Orley (menswear), Ryan Roche (womenswear) and Gigi Burris (accessories).
The initiative will offer an interactive approach to design that will enable American designers to gain first-hand experience of working with Italy’s finest production mills with the aim of raising awareness for ‘Made In Italy’ techniques and methods of fabrication. Furthermore, the designers had the chance to receive from the mills involved free support on specific expertise, together with the best fabrics and accessories.
In April 2016, the three designers visited some of the Milano Unica companies to select the fabrics and accessories which will give rise to their forthcoming collections.
Each designer worked closely with the artisanal merchants to create a signature textile that will be integrated into their upcoming Spring / Summer 2017 collection. The designs will be showcased during New York Fashion Week as well as exhibited in an installation at Milano Unica’s trade fair in Milan on September 6, 2016.