Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Fresh off the catwalk

'Incredible' and 'epic' are two of the words used by members of the audience to describe their reaction to the   MoDA Obsessions Middlesex University Fashion student catwalk show that took place last week in Camden, north London.  The show was a culmination of a four month project which invited Fashion students to take inspiration from MoDA's collections in the creation of contemporary outfits.  We had a glimpse of some of the student's work in progress in a previous blog post.  According to Paul Rawsom, Acting Programme Leader BA Hons.Fashion Design,  'Everyone challenged themselves and there was nothing ‘safe’ in the show'..Here is a selection of images of finished outfits from the show.

Photos courtesey of Sophie Mayanne

Regular readers of this blog will know that it is a key aspect of our work at MoDA to encourage art & design students to use the museum collections as visual inspiration for their creative practice.  We are aware of the importance of developing student primary research skills in order for this to happen.  Paul Rawson commented:

The importance of primary research to develop individual concepts and design directions is instilled during Year one.  The MoDA obsessions project and the MoDA collections have enabled the students to experience working with an archive of objects, textiles and publications, which will hopefully lead to their continual use as an important research resource to give further depth to their analytical development.

For many of the students we worked with on the project it was the first time that they had used museum objects to inspire creativity. And as Paul says above, we also hope the students' experience of MoDA's collections is the first of many!

For more photographs and reaction to the event click on the following Middlesex University link.

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