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“We learned about it by twitter at the start of the school year! We still can’t get over it! », Léa, Maëlis, Mathilde, Camille and Emma proclaim in chorus. The five young women are part of the school’s promotion Sup Mode in Bordeaux, winner of the competition launched by the interior ministry. At stake ? The design of the new urban outfit of the national police, “and a sacred line on the CV”.
At the start of 2022, the police will wear a new uniform that is more modern and more suited to their actions. Here are their future polo shirts and caps that will replace the cap. They were developed by fashion school students and chosen by police officers. All in French fabrics 🇫🇷! pic.twitter.com/RmPhdLoSx8
– Gerald DARMANIN (@GDarmanin) September 15, 2021
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It all started with a phone call one morning in March. The one who presents himself as the secretary of Gerald Darmanin, respondent Florence Traumat, director of the School of Fashion, to confirm his address. “I admit that I thought it was a joke. We wondered what the interior ministry could possibly want from us ”.
The answer, the founder of the establishment receives it a few days later in her mailbox: a very detailed book of the needs of the police as regards street clothes, within the framework of a contest.
Florence Traumat decides to position the 35 students of her school’s “Fashion Design & Marketing Manager” Bachelor. 26 establishments from all over France are also in the running.
In this bachelor, we work on uniforms. We had already worked on those of La Poste, for example, but also on the restaurant of Philippe Etchebest, and that of Gordon Ramsay. The Police, this time, I said to myself that it was a great opportunity for them “
On the side of its students, the enthusiasm is… less palpable, shall we say. “I never told myself that I was drawing a police uniform when I entered a fashion school,” laughs one of the aspiring stylists under the laughter of her friends.
However, the class, divided into a small group, invested body and soul in the project. For three days, they worked on the research of materials, the styling, and the realization of the technical drawing.
“For us who have no experience, it remains a very interesting exercise. Because the specifications were very complete, and the instructions and constraints were numerous ”, continues one of the winners.
Impossible, for example, to move the badge, to deviate from the blue, or to choose a fragile material, which would not resist the controllers of the bulletproof vest.
It is moreover on the respect of these instructions that their project stands out. For good reason, some groups have, of their own accord, gone to meet officers on patrol. “We asked them what they aroused, what bothered them, the story of having their real feelings.”
One query will particularly mark the students: “Some told us that they were just getting closer to the students. To implement this, we chose classic polo shapes from major brands; Those we are used to meeting in the street ”they explain.
Ideas that hit the mark. In a tweet from the Minister of the Interior, dated September 15, the winning project is revealed. Gerald Daramnin matched the drawings with a congratulatory message addressed to the students: “Thank you to the Supmode fashion school in Bordeaux and to the Dolmen vocational school in Poitiers for this excellent work! “.
“Almost all of their ideas were accepted, with the exception of the collar, which was borrowed from the Poitier fashion school project,” enthuses the director.
After the outfits have been made, in workshops in the Lot, they will be worn by police officers from the start of 2022. They will thus succeed the uniforms designed by Balenciaga in 2004. “A great pride for the school. Not to mention that the two preselected establishments are provincial schools, that’s a pleasure, ”concludes Florence Traumat.
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