For my BA collection I did comprehensive research on prehistoric bog and mound finds from Denmark and Germany’s Iron Age and Bronze Age – supported by the Danish National Museum. The mummified bog and grand mound people and their gloomy apparel represent an elegant, rough and simple take on masculine clothing. By changing the materials and proportions I turned it into modern menswear.
I looked at the elderly for inspiration through the way that they dress and style themselves. Looking at the condition Dementia that effects a large majority of the elederly for interesting ways of styling both day and nightwear together. This was personal too as my Nan who recently passed away suffered with Dementia so I had personally experience of what the condition is like and took inspiration from others in her nursing home in the later few months of her life. This also inspired my knitwear directly as there is an oversized jumper with a family favourite photo of her at Christmas in a Christmas hat knitted into the front. Again going round her home and the homes of others taking print and knit ideas from wallpapers and soft furnishings such as florals and pixellating them turning them into jacquards on jumpers and all in ones and enlarged printed vest tops.
This year the Glasgow School of Art Fashion Show coincided with the centenary of the famous Mackintosh building at the Glasgow School of Art, and as such we used the archives as inspiration. I was especially interested in a short film made in the 1930s called “7 till 5” by Norman McLaren. He is known for his early experiments with animation and this film documents a full day in the Art School. This got me thinking about how art students today react to the Mackintosh building, and how we all dress up, “playing the part” of art students. I therefore set out to make ridiculous ‘studio wear’ for artists working in the Mackintosh building today.