Isko recently closed the latest edition of its Isko I-Skool Denim Seminar held in Castelfranco Veneto, Italy. The event, held March 18-20, hosted 20 young talents from all over the world who participated in the fifth edition of the educational project Isko I-Skool Denim Design Award and will be protagonist of the final contest and award giving in July in Milan.

The seminar presented the participants with a tight program of lectures, workshops and meetings held by key industry insiders and companies and aimed at educating them about denim fabric’s unique appeal and multifold possible interpretations.

Photo: Maria Cristina Pavarini

The program of lectures was opened by Marco Rosso, Isko’s marketing account manager, followed by Fabio Di Liberto, brand director, Isko, who introduced this year’s theme, “Undocumented.”

“All of you are very special personalities. I invite you to learn how to express yourself and your own creativity through unique ideas and projects. For this we chose this year’s theme, ‘Undocumented,’ as synonym of new and fresh ideas that each of you can find the best ways for expressing them,” explaned Di Liberto. “For this we have asked you to express your own project and ideas through your own ‘manifesto’ for this specific educational project and contest, but that can happen also for your whole life.”

Isko’s Baris Ozden explained the basics about denim manufacturing from the cotton crop to the finished fabric. Creative Room’s Massimo Munari, Wendy Pasinato and Selin Akman presented the fundamentals in designing and producing a denim garment. Lectra’s Caterina Rorro and Barbara Raele described how the software house can support designers and industry insiders in creating patterns and industrializing a designer’s ideas up to delivering ready products to the market.

Baris Ozden giving a lecture
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Baris Ozden giving a lecture

Finishing technology specialist Tonello presented its newest developments in terms of eco-friendly treatment machines that can cut water consumption from 60 to 70 liters per jean to just 5.8 liters.

On the second day, Alessio Berto, owner of The Tailor Pattern Support, a highly specialized pattern designer for the jeans and sportswear industry, explained how indispensable a pattern-master’s ability is in the process of creating an apparel piece. “This work is highly important as we he can help matching designers’ requests and creativity, with industry and market needs,” he explained.

Tonello denim
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Tonello denim

Then Italian jeans manufacturer Reca’s Paolo Diacci and Antonio Salzano discussed the company’s competence in producing high-quality jeans while Lenzing’s Oztürk Hale Bahar highlighted how man-made eco-friendly fibers are part of new generation of denims. Lenzing also announced the newborn Isko Cottonized group of fabrics employing no cotton and Lenzing fibers Tencel, Modal and viscose. These new textiles have a touch that is highly similar to natural cotton.

Finally, counselor and talent scout Marina Tonella of Mestieri Lab motivated the participants to best express their own abilities in her “100% Authentic You” workshop.



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