UK students design new chapter for Speedo Swimsuits
Students at the London College ofFashion, University College Falmouth and the University of Huddersfield created their new designs from excess stocks of the revolutionary suit. The Speedo LZR Racer was rendered obsolete following a change in rules set out by the governing body of the sport of swimming FINA (Federation Internationale de Natation) which prevented the use of body suits in competitive swimming.
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. Other designs saw the Speedo LZR Racer reworked for other uses, with University College Falmouth student Owen Bennett creating a buoyancy aid life jacket, and Adriana Margarita Ruiz, a London College of Fashion student, creating a Speedo LZR Racer inspired technicaljacket.