V&A Innovate: WEAR

V&A Innovate: WEAR – what we wear, how it's made and its impact on the world.

In teams of 4, 5 or 6, students are invited to choose from three contextual challenges inspired by our collections and exhibitions that ask critical questions about the issues shaping our world.

WEAR asks us to investigate the issues of the fashion industry. Are we too wasteful, throwing clothes away once they've been worn a few times? Do we care who's making our clothing and how much they're being paid? How does our clothing represent who we are and what we have to say?

Below you will find resources to inspire students exploring the WEAR challenge.

Head to our teachers' resources page for an overall guide to delivering Innovate, including activity ideas and animations to introduce the project.

Industry inspiration

How might we manufacture our clothing to better protect us and the environment? For the V&A's 2019 – 2020 Innovate Challenge strand WEAR, designer and engineer Oluwaseyi Sosanya explores the potential of 3D weaving.

Collections insights

Download guidance on delivering WEAR in the classroom, including activity ideas inspired by objects from our collections:

Further inspiration

This resource explores two key questions:

  • How can we design a more sustainable fashion industry?
  • What can we learn from the past?

The Future of Fashion films take a closer look at the complex relationship between fashion and nature.

Before submitting, read our Judging Criteria and Entry Requirements:


Share your new design solution with us. Email your entries to the 2019 Innovate National Schools Challenge to innovate@vam.ac.uk by 13 December 2019.