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Thursday, 16 December 2010

  Speedo NOTTINGHAM - UK students have teamed up with Speedo to create new designer swimwear from recycled Speedo LZR Racer suits, which are now surplus to requirements following a rule change by the sport’s governing body.


Students at the London College of Fashion, University College Falmouth and the University of Huddersfield have created a series of stunning new swimwear designs from excess stocks of Speedo’s revolutionary suit.

The creations include several examples drawing on the suit’s heritage in the pool, including a patchwork watershort using the LZR Racer and other Speedo watershorts sourced on auction websites by Man Kit Au Yeung from London College of Fashion, and an ‘Afterlife’ creation featuring a cape inspired by superheroes and aimed at the high-end fashion market by Eva Hiu Wa Lai also from London College of Fashion.

President of Speedo, David Robinson, said: “This project has captured the technology and originality of the Speedo LZR Racer and combined it with unique cutting edge fashion … creativity and innovation is valued highly at Speedo and we are pleased to see this quality of talent emerging from the universities that have taken part. Speedo is committed to reducing its impact on the environment and as such it is good to see the Speedo LZR Racer live on in these innovative designs.”

The collaboration with students is part of a wider project to explore new ways of utilising excess stock and a more responsible solution than sending the obsolete product to landfill. Arule change by the governing body of the sport of swimming FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) prevented the use of Speedo LZR Racer body suits in competitive swimming.

This latest project follows the preview of the ‘From Somewhere with Speedo’ collaboration at London Fashion Week in September 2010. Also made from unsold Speedo stock the collection created by award winning sustainable fashion designers ‘From Somewhere’ is due to launch in early 2011.

Image: Courtesy of Speedo


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