Glasgow Fashion Week 2014
March 20, 2014 § Leave a comment
Running parallel to Paris Fashion Week, this week will also bear witness to the city of Glasgow transforming itself into one of the most fashionable cities in the world, as the Glasgow School of Art’s Textile and Fashion Design students exhibit their much anticipated annual catwalk show. Our reporter, Alicia Simpson, went to find out more.
Glasgow’s answer to Fashion Week will exhibit four shows in total, scheduled on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 March. This will mark a return to the GSA Student Association building, which has recently undergone refurbishment as part of the new Reid Building development. The modern structure is being rebuilt directly opposite one of the finest buildings in Scotland, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s century-old home for the School of Art.
Ambitious design students have long sought after a place on GSA’s Fashion and Textiles programme, as the department, which has taught Textiles since the School was founded in 1968, is globally renowned for its influence on the fashion industry.
The outfits showcased on the catwalk this week have been meticulously crafted by this year’s crop of creative third year students. For these undergraduates, their only ambition is to follow in the footsteps of their successors, such as British Designer Jonathan Saunders, celebrated designer Pam Hogg and Jilli Blackwood, creator of the tartan that will be worn by this year’s Scottish team at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.
Over the next two days, each student will showcase a mini collection of three complete outfits to demonstrate strong silhouettes on the catwalk; a total of 37 collections will be unveiled.
To listen to the Fashion Show Mix alongside the slideshow, click Play below.
The young designers’ individual mini-collections have examined the use and effects of pattern, scale and colour, with each pathway (fashion, embroidery, knit, print and weave) drawing inspiration from specific geographic areas.
Head of Fashion and Textiles Jimmy Stephen-Cran said: “We have identified a range of non-Western European traditions for the designers to work with this year.
“These traditions have simple outer lines and large surface areas which maximise the textile content.”
The talented cohort has explored an array of diverse styles from all over the globe, with the theme of qualities and characteristics of lace bringing together the four textile design pathways.
Those studying the print pathway have addressed the bold prints of South and West Africa, while the dedicated knit students considered the chunky crocheted styles from Peru and Ecuador. In keeping with the colder climates, certain students have researched the traditional wear of the Inuit people in creating their looks.
All profits raised from the Fashion Show will go towards supporting the students in presenting their work at London’s New Designers Exhibition, following their graduation in the summer of 2015.
To view more images from the show itself, go to the Flickr page.
To access the GSA digital yearbook, featuring most of the designers from the show, click here.
I spoke to third year Textiles student, Heather Hobb, about her fashion show collection.
What is your specialism within textiles?
My specialism is knitted textiles. I chose knit because I like structural textiles, I like creating something from nothing essentially. I like how you can be very experimental within the structure of knit, because it’s quite a versatile specialism.
Tell me about your mini-collection for the show. What was your inspiration for your designs?
We were given the theme of lace and lace qualities, but rather than go for traditional lace, I wanted to look more at its structural and geometrical forms as these more easily translate into knit design. The silhouettes were inspired by traditional Peruvian and Ecuadorian attire.
How long did it take you to create your collection, from start to finish?
Around two months. We started in January, and I basically lived in the studio from then onwards! We had lots of late nights in the studio, and I spent hours
upon hours staring at a knit machine! But overall, I became much more confident with my specialism.
Aside from your own, which other collection did you think was the most successful?
I absolutely loved the collection by Ruth Crothers (Print student). Her collection was made up of printed jumpsuits and tshirts. I just thought hers was really fun and it worked really well on the catwalk.
What’s next for you?
I’ve only got fourth year left now, so I’m looking forward to starting my graduate collection. After the experience of the fashion show, I definitely feel that my design work will be more fashion focused in the future.
And how about after you graduate?
I’d like to gain some experience within the industry, possibly setting up my own design business with an eventual goal of teaching my specialism to others. ♦