Wool4Skool: fit for royalty

4 December 2012

The Woolmark Company is continuing to inspire young designers to work with wool, with its recent offering encouraging school students to put pencil to paper.

Sketches of women wearing clothing
The Wool4Skool project invites secondary students from across Australia to take part in a real-life fashion design experience using Merino wool fabrics.

The Wool4Skool project invites secondary students from across Australia to take part in a real-life fashion design experience using Merino wool fabrics.

Planned by teachers and textile experts for the years 7 to 10 education curriculum, Wool4Skool 2013 offers a rewarding design experience without students actually having to make the garment.

Wool4Skool project manager Renee Trad says the initiative not only sets out to discover Australia’s brightest young designers, but also educates high school students about the unique benefits and versatility of Merino wool.

“Wool4Skool aims to get both students and teachers not only designing, but also learning about Australia’s most premium fibre through a hands-on experience,” Miss Trad said.

“The 2012 competition, with the theme Modern Australia, had an overwhelming response from students and teachers across the country and 2013 is set to get even bigger.

“The next design brief is Fit for Royalty, and students are asked to submit sketches of their designs along with a written statement of the inspiration, textiles and innovation used within their creation.”

This year’s Wool4Skool winner Brooke Pearce had the opportunity to explain her winning garment to royalty when she met HRH The Prince of Wales. As the global patron for the Campaign for Wool, The Prince of Wales was very interested in Miss Pearce’s inspiration and her knowledge of wool.

"It has been a great experience being part of the Wool4Skool program,” Miss Pearce said. “I have had lots of opportunities to meet people in the wool and fashion industry and I have learnt about the benefits of using wool in garments. I recommend Wool4Skool for any teenagers looking for a future career in fashion design.”

The Wool4Skool project has been designed with a lesson plan structure for teachers to easily implement in the classroom and recognises the critical role teachers play in inspiring and developing the skills and interests of Australian students.

More than 1500 teachers have been encouraged by The Woolmark Company to introduce Wool4Skool into their lesson plan. Teachers who register have the chance to win $2500 and all will be sent a resource pack to help with the students’ designs.

The free teacher resource pack includes

  • Knit and woven fabric samples
  • Lesson plans Student work sheets
  • Fashion illustrations tips
  • Design support
  • State syllabus links
  • Curriculum outcomes across all year groups
Wool4Skool Logo

The winning Year 10 entry will be made into a garment by one of Australia’s top fashion designers Jonathan Ward, as well as feature in a fashion photo shoot with Girlfriend magazine. In total, Wool4Skool 2013 is offering years 7 to 10 students and teachers $10,000 worth of prizes.

“Wool4Skool gives students a rare and exciting opportunity to work alongside a premier Australian designer and see their work come to life,” Miss Trad said. “This project not only offers consumer education, targeting a younger market, but also gets budding designers thinking about natural fibres and fabrics and having a first-hand experience with Merino wool.”

Visit the Wool4Skool official website  for more information.