07 July 2019

Fashion Design Alumna Naila Al-Thani Wins Sustainability Prize

Congratulations to alumna Naila Al-Thani (BFA in Fashion Design 2009) who won the Sustainability prize for her work "Seam Unseam" at the Designing Future Techstyle symposium and competition in Hong Kong.

The garment was created without the use of any stitches, but with a biosynthetic strip. It has reversible seams that enable garment alteration, style change, and it can disassemble to become a new garment instead of needing to be recycled.

Naila graduated this month with a Masters Degree in Material Futures from Central Saint Martins.

"Seam Unseam" will be on display as part of the International Exhibition at The Mills, a design and innovation hub in the Tsuen Wan district of Hong Kong until August 26, before moving to the Fashion Gallery at Hong Kong Polytechnic University until September 22. Entry to the exhibitions is free of charge.

Naila previously worked at Qatar Museums, and Qatar Luxury Group (Qela), and gained further experience with an internship at Valentino. She has also worked with artists and flimmakers as a researcher and costume designer on film, performance, and video installation. Her work "Ndebele 1" (which was inspired by the Ndebele tribe from South Sudan) was part of the 20/20/20 exhibition by VCUarts Qatar alumni in September - October 2018, which was part of our 20th anniversary celebrations.  

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