The Techtextil and Texprocess international trade fairs are to offer an additional platform next year showcasing new processing technologies.

The ‘Innovative Apparel Show' combines innovative apparel textiles and new processing technologies, and will appear as an additional programme during the Messe Frankfurt event from 4 to 7 May next year.

"We are not putting on a fashion show in the classical sense, but we want to offer visitors and exhibitors at both fairs an unconventional platform where they can allow themselves to be inspired as well as exchanging views," said Olaf Schmidt, VP of Textiles & Textile Technologies at Messe Frankfurt. "The major aim behind this is for people to appreciate the link between Techtextil and Texprocess. We want to bring together processing technologies in the treatment of clothing with technical textiles, nonwovens and other flexible materials."

The ‘Innovative Apparel Show' combines two items on the programme into one event. There will be a moderated 'live walk' across the catwalk in the foyer of Hall 5.1/6.1. Four universities and fashion schools will then present their items of clothing and explain the methods of processing as well as the materials used.

Around 30 ground-breaking items of clothing are expected to be presented at the show.

"We shall be seeing, for example, experimental joining technologies, interesting functional materials or new forms of apparel," said Professor Anne Schwarz-Pfeiffer, responsible for coordinating the project at the Lower Rhine University of Applied Sciences.

Those taking part are Frankfurt School of Clothing and Fashion Design, the Lower-Rhine University of Applied Sciences (Department of Textile and Clothing Technology), Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Zwickau University in Western Saxony.

The half hour event will be held seven times, twice on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and once on Thursday.