|James Nicholson - fashion design|
|Matthew Allen - fashion design|
|Gillian Murphy - knit|
|Sophie White - print|
|Namrata Singh - embroidery|
|Jodie Andrews - print|
|Leah Merrick - knit|
|Karen Hale - print|
After having lived in Glasgow for almost four whole years now (how has that even happened?), last Tuesday I finally made it to the annual Glasgow School of Art fashion show for the first time. Hurray! Since my initial review for GUM, I have had time to mull the show over some more, as well as refresh my memory (thanks to the clever invention that is photography).
The contrast that 2nd Year Fashion Design afforded with 3rd Year Textile Design was particularly interesting & drew attention to the fact that design is all about different thought-processes. Not only were the respective designs based on two themes that couldn’t have been further removed from one another if they tried (monochrome vs. "Shaping Journeys"), but there was also a marked impression of the focus (inevitably) shifting to more specific explorations relating to embroidery, knit, print or weave. Needless to say, no one capsule collection resembled another and you certainly came away with the feeling that GSA students not only know what they are doing but also go about it with confidence. When you come to think about it, those are the traits you'd kind of like to find in a designer.
‘Escapist’ is probably the one word that would sum up the 3rd year Textile Design collections best. Redolent of summer, warmth & the far away, it really felt like stepping away from Scotland for the space of 30 minutes.
Photos by Katherine Galea