Textile customization has become a bigger part of the industry’s creative process, and designers are now capitalizing on digital textile printing to express themselves through the very fabric that form their garments.
Trying their hand at integrating fabric textile design into an entire collection, the premier batch of graduates from the Institute of Creative Entrepreneurship, Fashion, Arts, Design (ICEFAD) showcased a five-piece collection at ICEFAD’s grand launch and first graduation show held at Shangri-La Plaza. During the launch, 11 young designers presented their pieces for the following categories: Sustainable-Retail, Sculptural Art, Menswear, Fabric Textile Design and Red Carpet.
For its Fabric Textile Design category, ICEFAD partnered with Epson Philippines to provide its students firsthand experience with printing their custom fabric through a dye sublimation printer. One of ICEFAD’s new graduates, Austeen Soriano (Maison Soriano), showcased his love for the ocean through a vibrant outerwear which stood out and bagged the graduation show’s award for Best in Fabric Textile Design.
As a designer, Soriano wants the people wearing his pieces to have a glimpse of his own experiences. Inspired by his love for the sea, this vision was showcased in his collection called Ang Layag or The Maiden Voyage.
Soriano’s winning Fabric Textile Design piece, a white layered jacket with unique pleats that mimic sea waves, including the designs from 10 other ICEFAD graduates, were printed using Epson’s SureColor SC-F6270 dye sublimation printer.
ICEFAD’s graduation show, titled CREATE – Redefining the Business of Fashion, champions the institution’s vision of developing entrepreneurial skills for its students by integrating business courses with technical “concept-to-production” programs.
Epson aims to change commercial and industrial trends in the fashion industry through innovative but simple solutions that deliver high productivity and reduced environmental footprint. As more and more brands move towards sustainability, Epson leads the shift from conventional to sustainable green fashion with the flexible, customizable, efficient and eco-friendly benefits of digital textile printing.
Learn more about Epson’s SureColor dye sublimation printers here.