This unique programme in partnership with Manchester Metropolitan University and Glasgow Kelvin College, offered students progressing from relevant SCQF level 8 programmes, to study a one year ‘top up’ honours degree qualification in Fashion: Design and Production. The key elements of the course were Advanced Fashion Design, Advanced Garment Development, Fashion Business Project and Individual Project.
The course has provided a supportive and inclusive learning environment which enabled success for all learners. It will provided opportunities and flexible approaches to garment design and manufacture and will develop management, communication and analytical skills to provide candidates with an all-round commercial approach. Students were encouraged to think analytically and work effectively, both individually and as part of a team. It allowed students to integrate specialist software with traditional garment production skills within their chosen pathway allowing individuals to realise their ideas and interests. This integration of technology allied to a very high level of competence in traditional garment manufacturing skills is not available in many courses in Scotland and is not available as a top honours degree.
Our students used these skills to create some outstanding pieces of work and demonstrated a very focused and professional approach to the planning and preparation of their show pieces.
I have been involved in the fashion business for over 12 years, both in my native Russia and in the UK, where I am now based. My final collection is called ‘Lady Dandy’ and has been inspired by Nathaniel Adams and Rose Callahan’s book ‘I am Dandy’, and the traditional bespoke tailoring culture of London’s […]
From the extremely decorative 1920s shift styles to the extravagant, feminine-fit and flair shaping of the 1950s, design and manufacturing techniques evolved considerably throughout these decades. My collection, Vintage Rose, is intended to portray a romantic reflection of bridal elegance, taking inspiration from these ‘vintage’ periods. However, the collection is also defined by its adaptation […]
My collection is inspired by the fashion and culture of 1930s America. I have called the collection Gangland Glamour as the fashion from this era featured elegant evening gowns, fur stoles and sharp suits. A large aspect of this ‘Golden Era’ was the ‘Gangster’ culture, with iconic figures such as AI Capone. Gangland Glamour is […]
My initial inspiration for my Pretty in Punk collection was the 1980s Punk era. Having investigated the themes and media that defined the Punk movement (political art,activism and music), I modernised each category by researching current political anti-establishmentarianism movements that my target market would find relevant in today’s society. Social media and the Internet are […]
My Game Over collection is inspired by modern Japanese culture and technology, whilst also acknowledging traditional Japanese themes. I have fused 1990s and Japanese street styles with bold and vibrant colours to create unique garments. By using Japanese inspired prints, unique features, and a daring colour palette in honour of Tokyo’s Haruki girls (renowned for […]
My love for my homeland, the Isle-of-Lewis, fuelled the inspiration behind my final collection. I concentrated on five attractions from the Outer Hebrides – The Callanish Stones, The Lewis Chessmen, St Kilda, Sheep and Peats. I looked at structure and silhouettes within the attractions, and used these to inspire the shaping within my designs. In […]
My final collection is a lingerie and nightwear range entitled ‘Delicate Darkness’. This combines soft and romantic feelings with dark desires to create a gentle and elegant range that is also seductive and strong. Inspiration came mainly from two areas: ‘The Black Swan’ which explores the softness of ballet contrasted with dark overtones; and the seductive, […]
Le Cirque Magique is my children’s wear collection which has been designed to produce garments that reflect the true age of a child, whilst retaining fun and a sense of innocence, as I constantly find that children dress too adult-like. The collection is aimed at girls aged between two and eight years old. I took […]
Through the Looking Glass is the title of my evening-wear range inspired by Tim Burton’s version of ‘Alice in Wonderland’. Focused around the characters of Wonderland, my intention was to create quirky, statement-making styles for women who aren’t afraid to stand out at events. The collection features a variety of silhouettes, from fitted tailored pieces […]
My collection is entitled Tough Glamour, and takes inspiration from alternative sub-cultures such as Grunge, Goth and Punk, but with a glamorous twist. Tough Glamour mixes delicate feminine fabrics, for example lace and mesh, with tough fabrics such as faux leather. Surface decoration such as studs and chains embellish the garments. My collection has also […]
My collection is an alternative bridal collection for fashion forward females. It has been inspired by Art-Nouveau influences. Art Nouveau translates as ‘New Art’ this seemed appropriate as I wanted to create a modern collection which I consider to be New Fashion for the ultimate stand out bride. My collection is therefore entitled New-Vogue. My […]