V&A Innovate: WEAR

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

WEAR was one of our challenge themes for 2019 – 2020. The winning team was Wrenn School, Wellingborough with their design for an ever-growing school shoe – to reduce waste and tackle the problem of affordability.

If you are planning to deliver the HOME or COMMUNITY themes for 2020 – 2021, watch our curator and designer films below exploring sustainable materials!

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:

Object in Focus: Wild Rubber Dress by Vivienne Westwood and Andreas Kronthaler

How might we design clothes without harming the environment? Curator Elisabeth Murray shares how Vivienne Westwood designed a dress using Amazonian wild rubber.

Object in Focus: Jumper by Unmade in collaboration with Opening Ceremony

What if we could all design our own clothes online? Curator Edwina Ehrman shares how the team at Unmade have developed new technology to cut down on fashion waste.

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.