Maritime inspiration for fashion students

February 5, 2020

Over the centuries, Aberdeen Harbour has been a hive of activity for many industries such as boat building, sailing and fishing. Some of these industries are still prominent today with the addition of it now being the centre for oil and gas industry in Western Europe. The various structures used in items relating to these industries displayed in Aberdeen Maritime Museum has been the inspiration for HND Textiles students at North East Scotland College. Fashion needs a strong structure to make it work and the first year students were challenged with applying industry inspiration to reshape shirt panels into new fashion silhouettes showing surface and textural detail. Second year HND students explored the traditional garments of fisher women, boat builders and divers as well as the objects relating to their jobs to design related fashion garments. All the students’ creations evolved from pre-worn or second-hand shirts and fabrics, to ensure the promotion of ethical and responsible design. North East Scotland College students will catwalk their unique designs in a mini fashion show in Aberdeen Maritime Museum on Friday 7th February at 3pm.