The eleven Master students (see picture with Prof. Dr. Wachs, Head Designer of Marc Cain Karin Veit, Prof. Bendt) designed different outfits of yarns, wool non-wovens and crest traces, a pre-product of the yarn, to the topic "Knitted Wool Couture" in the textile technical centres of the Faculty of Textile and Clothing Technology in Mönchengladbach. The designs have been created from the fibre to the textile fabric which have been associated to the key terms matching the sub-topics "white variations" and "knitted wool couture". The topics of the winning team of Caroline Liehr and Maia Kesseler were "light and shadow" and "crazy sexy wool" (see picture). They developed the patterns, surfaces and structures in manual work and at the knitting machines of the university, afterwards they could realise them in design in Bodelshausen with master craftsmen in knitting and finished them at the Niederrhein University of Applied Sciences in Mönchengladbach.
The competition primarily addressed students of the Master Degree Programme Textile Produkte because for the product development the students required competences of the areas of textile design and fashion design. While the textile design focuses on the development of textile fabrics the fashion designers are responsible for the outfit. The students also explored the material under the aspect of innovation, tested it on our machines, created finishings and experimented manually as well as refined the silhouettes of the outfits, also in terms of pattern makings.
Nationwide five universities of applied sciences participate at the contest. "Due to the excellent equipment of our laboratories and technical centres we are the only university of applied sciences that can work with different materials and show the total process of knitting competences" explained Prof. Ellen Bendt and Prof. Dr. Marina Wachs during the co-operation. The other participating universities of applied sciences primarily work with wool fabrics only.
Six designs have been selected during the first jury session in Bodelshausen which have been professionally produced with computer operated flat knitting machines and refined manually in Bodelshausen afterwards, under participation of the four selected students who made it to the finale of the contest.