Calik Denim is applying its 30-plus years of knowledge in denim to the classroom.
The Turkish denim mill teamed with Parsons School of Design in New York City for a Fall 2018 semester denim course called, “Fashion Materiality.” The class gives students the opportunity to learn about denim design and wash development. Students investigate denim from design to construction, and study the fabric’s history and influence in the fashion industry.
Calik Denim provided technical equipment and supplied all the fabrics. Students also had access to its team of denim experts.
As part of the final project for the Fall 2018 course, all of the students designed their own denim collections. Designs included patchwork and piecing techniques, hybrid silhouettes, a mix of East and West influences and bold washes.
Students competed for a Senior Thesis Material Sponsorship and a summer internship with Calik. Student David Baptiste won first place for his collection of denim with 3-D effects and nature-inspired prints.
Along with internship opportunities, a jury selected the top five designs from the course, which will be at Denim Premiere Vision in May and Kingpins in October.
Calik Denim has a longstanding partnership with the design school. The class launched in 2017 and has seen 27 students complete the course.