Tuesday, 21 February 2012

We've arrived!

The team

After five hours of rolling countryside and herds of sheep, we've finally reached Edinburgh!

This morning (after several cups of tea), we set off to meet the fashion students at Edinburgh College of Art (ECA), as part of the All Walks Beyond the Catwalk project. Greeted by head of fashion, Mal Burkinshaw, we had the grand tour before hearing what some of the students had to say about the project.

ECA students presenting their ideas

Once we were briefed, we were shown some of the students' design work and spoke to a few first and second year students about their inspiration and how important the All Walks project was to them...

Some of the toilles made by first year students  

The students are passionate about spreading the message of diversity in fashion and this translates to their design process. Second year student Lisa Berry focused her work around the ideal that "using words is the best way to get a message across." Words such as, "voluptuous" and "refined" helped to describe the female form. With regards to All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, Lisa said, "if enough people group together, maybe it could happen."

Another second year student, Sarah Innes found her 57-year-old muse in the local Boots. "I was interested in an older lady, as it's not something that you always see." Sarah's muse (with her candyfloss locks) encapsulated the words "unique" and "graceful", proving that style knows no age.  

Talking to all of these students, it was encouraging to see that the designers of tomorrow want to make a change today!

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