On Wednesday 7 October the Fashion and Textiles department took all Lower and Upper Sixth Form students to the Bath Fashion Museum. The students were able to see iconic garments created by some of the most famous designers from the early 20th century to the present day. As part of their AS and A Level Textiles course students need to understand the influence and contribution that leading fashion and textile designers have on clothing. They saw garments by Dior and Balenciaga, Vionnet, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood to name a few. Students were able to develop their knowledge of functional, aesthetic, technical and economic considerations in the design and manufacture of products as well as studying how products have evolved throughout history.
The Sixth Form were given the opportunity to dress up in replica corsets and crinolines from the Victorian era and have their picture taken against a Victorian street scene backdrop; this was a highlight of the day for all! The sketches of their favourite garments will provide excellent primary research for their coursework folders.
As designers it is important to research existing products to see the decorative and constructive techniques are currently being used that influence the fabric and component choices they make. Students were given two hours to explore Bath from top to bottom to find inspiration for their coursework projects by looking at current trends. At the end of the trip all students were inspired and we look forward to seeing their design ideas flourish over the coming weeks!