« A way to value the fashion cultural European heritage for inspiring the (young) fashion designers »

Background

The Fashion industry is characterised by a high level of creativity and innovation and quick changes in trends. This industry is constantly reinventing itself, responding to consumer needs. Inspiration comes from culture, societal changes and from old designs and garments. One of the main challenges for the fashion designers is to find a balance between the satisfaction of consumers’ needs and remaining profitable. To adapt to the rapid changes in fashion, designers should be up to date, involved in fashion research and have greater knowledge about the past and current state of fashion trends. If sources of inspiration are provided to the designers they produce better quality, more creative and original design works. In this context, the ART CHERIE project addresses the issue of apprenticeships delivery in the fashion sector dominated by Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and micro enterprises. The objective of ART CHERIE is to [a] contribute to the protection and exploitation of fashion’s Cultural Heritage and [b] to organize and structure it in vocational training courses for the improvement of EU fashion designers working in textile and clothing (T&C) Industries, and/or young fashion designers.

Art-Cherie Key Facts

  • Project Full Title: Achieving and Retrieving Creativity through European fashion Cultural Heritage Inspiration
  • Project Acronym: ART-CHERIE
  • Project Duration: 30 months (starts at 01/12/2016 till 31/05/2019)
  • Funding Scheme: ERASMUS+
  • Participating Countries: Belgium, Greece, Italy, United Kingdom

Priorities

The priorities addressed by the project are the following:

  • Open innovative education, training and youth work, embedded in the digital area for fashion industries
  • Improving and extending the offer of high quality learning opportunities for workers in companies and young designers
  • Further strengthening key competences in VET curricula

Objectives

The overall objective of ART CHERIE project is to bridge the gap between fashion industry needs and the lack of specific designers’ expertise in fashion industry SMEs, using innovative approaches resulting from the project and which the EU Fashion Industry urgently needs. The objectives to be achieved are as follows

  • To organize and digitize the collection, historical material and data which are exposed in Prato Museum;
  • To develop an integrated, innovative and specialized designer’s skills-training tool based on the above information;
  • To create a web platform with courses for fashion designers, workers in the Fashion Industry and young students designers aiming to work in EU T&C Fashion Sector.

Results

The results which are expected during the implementation of the project and on its completion, are the following:

  1. Enhancement of knowledge, skills and competences of fashion designers
  2. Engagement of fashion industry personnel in lifelong learning in a non-formal, business setting, based on experiential, work-based, problem-based and self-directed learning, and a learning outcomes approach
  3. Definition and development of a Curriculum for the VET as a European Standard, including a qualification framework
  4. Establishement of a digital training platform which will bring together fashion designers across Europe, provide online training and facilitate dissemination of knowledge and sharing of experience. Moreover, it will serve as a medium for all stakeholders in the field to share concerns and advice, as well as promote employment opportunities
  5. Improvement and extension of high quality learning opportunities tailored to the needs of fashion designers, operating withing the entire spectrum of fashion industries
  6. Contribution to the modernization and professionalism of especially SME’s, through the use of a high quality ICT tool, which will facilitate the organization and function of design departments