Knit for Next

By Xinao Textile

SPINEXPO Is proud to support the Xinao Knit for Next competition and be a part of the final judging that will take place at SPINEXPO in August at our Shanghai AW18 show. In its third season, we have seen this competition go from strength to strength.

Over 10 fashion schools from within China entered over 200 designers in previous years. The finalist all presented their collections at SPINEXPO Shanghai, where their designs were unveiled and with over 12,000 industry specialist visitors ranging from designers, technical experts, buyers, retail brand teams, CEO’s, Manufactures and trading companies all taking part. Designers have the chance to exhibit their work and showcase their final pieces. Each designer has the opportunity to work with a professional industry knitting manufacture to develop and create their designs. The competition is aimed to help build a channel for students to showcase their talents and help them enter into the knitwear industry.

This years 2017 , ‘Knit for Next’competition is looking for students to enter from the most influential fashion & knitwear colleges from around the world enabling them to showcase their imagination, creativity & talent on this international stage.

Applications are now open!! 申请现已正式开放!

Deadline for submission 30th May 2017 申请现已正式开放!

Wool is a natural, soft, warm, breathable, biodegradable and an amazing renewable material that can be used in innovative and modern fashion designs today.

Knitting and creating using wool today is one of the most inspiring and innovative directions within the knitwear industry. With its infinite potential, designers can use its vast properties to incorporate some of the natural benefits into their designs, some of which include; extensive benefits from touch, functionality, performance, renewability through to the incredible health benefits

Xinao encourages all designers to research and understand this amazing natural fibre as it will truly inspire their creative journey.

1. Students in fashion design major / Freelance designers from 18 ~ 30 year old, without restriction to any gender / educational background / nation / religion.

2. Contestants may apply for the entry in group form (max. 3 people)

Please visit Xinao’s Knit for Next website: to download their toolkit or download via:

The contestants are required to design with specific design theme and yarn provided by the organiser Xinao.

Design Themes 设计主题

The following design themes are selected from Xinao 2018/2019 Autumn Winter Collection.

1. Like a Bird

As push towards technology we ironically find design inspiration studying the Bird. Social behavior, flight capability, loft and shape as well as the intricacies of how nests are knit. This integration of the organic mixed with high technology is the future of fashion and textiles.

2. Anna Karenina

Taking our inspiration from the latest film (2012) of the famous novel by Leo Tolstoy “ANNA KARENINA”considered a masterpiece of realism. Although the story has dramatic implications we take inspiration from the opulence and elegance in clothes and in the residences of that era.
Pattern is deep seated in Russian history. Russian Paisley and vintage wallpaper capture floral motifs and Art Nouveau. A military approach with boiled wools and melton as well as a more regal expression with washed surface and intricate embroideries.

3. Hiroshima Chic

With the Red Kawakubo exhibition happening at the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute in late 2016, we see a renewed interest in the 1980’s Japanese designer invasion. This was another segment of 80’s fashion that has remained consistent in its traditions like much of Japan, the design created tensions between conceptual minimalism and modernism. Clean palettes, graphic lines and play with proportions defines this trend.

4. Minimal Active

Dynamic, sensual, luxurious and comfortable for an active lifestyle that embraces the knitting to making protagonist. Mix of elegant sportiness to wear in the city at work and during leisure time.

Yarns Available:

Designers may choose from the following yarns for their design work. For yarn color please refer to the correspondent color card provided in the design toolkit.

Design Rules & Time lines - please visit their website to find out more!

The following awards are not affected by the ranking, can be obtained in addition with the ranking awards above

The Winner, Runner-up, Second Runner-up (The Merino Students) will be invited to join a trip to Australia jointly organized by The Woolmark Company. In this trip, designers will have the chance to learn from the origin of wool, to see merino farms, shearing of wool, fibre testing and wool auction.

Please visit for Yarn information, Design rules, Judging information & Timing, Travel and more!

We look forward to seeing the creativity, innovation and design

Applications are now open!! 申请现已正式开放!!

Deadline for submission 30th May 2017 申请现已正式开放