Dorothy gave a fascinating presentation on the history of Halley Stevensons, based in Dundee, Scotland. The company is steeped in heritage, having been established in 1864. They are the UK’s specialist in the production of waxed cotton fabrics for customers around the world. Including Barbour; J Crew; Fred Perry; Hanon; Nicholas Daley and Nigel Cabourn.
The idea of waxed cotton was originally developed in the early 15th century by sailors who treated their sailcloth with fish oils and grease in an attempt to water proof them. They then started wearing capes with the treated fabric to keep dry and warm.
Today, Halley Stevensons use modern developments to produce high quality fabrics, all under one roof, in their Baltic Works. They are the market leaders with their expertise, technical knowledge and manufacturing experience, exporting their products around the world and showcasing each season at London, Paris, New York, Munich and Milan.
Dorothy talked us through the different fabrics and showed samples of the fabric they produce. The students were shown the fabric that Halley Stevensons have sponsored for the School – meaning our students get to work with these high quality fabrics when creating their own garments. Dorothy also had a look through the students’ sketchbooks, giving advice and answering questions from the students.
A big thank you to Dorothy for a really inspiring presentation and to Halley Stevensons for supplying the fabrics for the students’ project.
We look forward to seeing the finished garments at the end of Semester Two and lots of more exciting projects with Halley Stevensons.