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The Modern Artisan programme opens for applications


YOOX NET-A-PORTER GROUP and The Prince’s Foundation have launched the second edition of The Modern Artisan, a 10-month paid training programme in responsible design and luxury textile craftsmanship for recent fashion and textiles graduates based in the UK.

The Modern Artisan: More Details

Applications deadline: 30th June 2021

The programme will guide eight trainee artisans from the UK and Italy through the process of bringing a responsible luxury womenswear collection to market, debuting on NET-A-PORTER and YOOX Autumn 2022 under the label YOOX NET-A-PORTER for The Prince’s Foundation.

The paid training programme will kick-off with four months (6th September – 17th December 2021) of immersive design training at YOOX NET-A-PORTER headquarters in London (COVID-19 restrictions allowing, training may take place remotely), where the successful applicants will have the opportunity to explore designing for sustainability and circularity.

From here they will work collaboratively on the collection’s design with four graduates from Italy, guided through the design process by industry experts.

In the second phase of the programme (3rd January – 8th July 2022), the successful applicants will have the opportunity to live, train and work for six months in Scotland at The Prince’s Foundation’s Dumfries House headquarters in Ayrshire. Here, together with the four trainees from Italy, they will undertake intensive training in luxury small batch production skills and gain the expertise to handcraft the collection they have designed to the highest of standards.

Over the course of the programme, the winners will benefit from industry visits in Italy and the UK (COVID-19 restrictions allowing) and throughout will receive ongoing mentorship from YOOX NET-A-PORTER, The Prince’s Foundation and brand partners.

The first edition of The Modern Artisan project culminated with the launch of the YOOX NET-A-PORTER for The Prince’s Foundation collection in November 2020, which attracted global media attention and debuted in British Vogue. Since graduating from the programme, all the trainee artisans who took part across Italy and the UK have secured employment in the industry or started their own fashion and manufacturing businesses.

The Modern Artisan: More Details

If you would like any more information about the programme, please email modernartisan@ynap.com