Premiere Vision, the global trend setting event for fashion professionals, is launching this year’s first series of trade shows next week. With a total of six shows held in both Paris and New York twice yearly, this event features designs from all over the world. It’s also the place to go if you want to find some of the most innovative and exciting new textiles. One of the exhibitors taking part in Paris next month is a newly launched collective based in North London, Rare Thread. 20140823_140750-768x934 Founded by designers Laura Miles and Kirsty McDougall, Rare Thread specializes in woven and multi process fabric swatches, using carefully sourced yarns and materials. Ending up as artwork or even as starting points for further fabric development, the textiles that this studio produces are made both by hand and by industrial machines. Open to collaboration with designers, architects, artists and scientists, the women behind this company embrace all kinds of innovation and ask, what positive effect can this have on contemporary textiles? 9069476011_e6c7b1e44b_b-645x367 Like many of their peers, Rare Thread values the element of surprise in textile design, mixing and matching as many fabrics and processes as they can before deciding on what combination works best for each project (they’ve used feathers, fur, vinyl, paper as well as more traditional textiles like handmade yarns). Hundreds of designers and studios taking part in Premiere Vision know the value of mixing it up (even the mixologist rapper-cum-designer Kanye West was spotted sourcing some textiles at last year’s event). indigo-wide-900 Based around the idea of a textiles laboratory, Rare Thread collective is a place where ideas and materials are encouraged to free-flow around the room, to skim off each other and to create new, unexpected designs. Head to Premiere Vision to see them in person next week, along with hundreds other trend setting designers.

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