A master class on the use of modern technologies in the field of design and tailoring of fur products took place at the St. Petersburg State University of Industrial Design and Technology, Russia on the 10th November 2016.
Organised by the Russian Fur Union (RFU) and supported by the International Fur Federation (IFF), the master class was attended by students and professors of design institutes of St. Petersburg and other Russian cities, as well as representatives of companies involved in sewing fur products. More than 100 people were in attendance.
A number of speakers were present at the master class and included the famous Russian designers Alexander Petrov, Sergey Efremov, Igor Gulyaev and invited European designers Rebecca Bradley (United Kingdom) and Django Steenbakker (Netherlands). There were also representatives of the international fur auctions from Casper Rainbacher and Victoria Pustynnikova (Kopenhagen Fur), Bobby Poulios and Oksana Moroz (NAFA).
Alexander Petrov shared with the participants his experience of the use of sable skins in sewing fur garments.
Casper Rainbacher and Victoria Pustynnikova spoke about the fur auctions of Kopenhagen Fur, about the design centre on the basis of the auction house and on Fur Fab project – online catalogue of designs of fur products, which is the source of inspiration for designers from all around the world.
During Rebecca Bradley’s presentation, Miss Bradley spoke about the history of her brand, personal experience and encouraged young designers to do more experiments with colours and different techniques.
Django Steenbakker demonstrated different techniques of sewing fur products, aimed at the more efficient use of fur without loss of its basic properties. He talked about fur as a versatile material that can be used to sew items for all seasons. Mr Steenbakker also told participants about his work in the Dutch foundation Fur Lab, which is engaged in the training of students/ designers to use fur.
Bobby Poulious and Oksana Moroz told about the work of the North American Fur Auction (NAFA) and demonstrated a wide range of high quality farmed and wild fur samples.
In continuation of the master class, Russian dsigners Sergey Efremov and Igor Gulyaev shared their stories of success with the audience.
Everyone was able to personally get acquainted with a variety of samples of modern techniques used for sewing products, as well as asking questions to the invited speakers.