W.L. Gore were approached for sponsorship of the performance fabric for the second year BA Fashion; Fashion Design for Function course. They generously agreed to provide fabric for all 26 students. Lorraine Moffat and her colleague Anne Weir from WL Gore made three visits with student’s receiving regular industry insights and input. What’s more, we discovered that they were both former students here at the School and were delighted to come back and pass on their valuable industry knowledge.
Students were able to order from an extensive fabric list, which was then flown in from Hong Kong. They were challenged to design a performance jacket which would convert into a bag for a particular scenario: Defence Forces, Tsunami Survivor, Syrian Refugee, Ath-Luxe and Paralympian.
Katherine Fleming designed a garment for a swimmer with cerebral palsy with a wheel chair – she models in a video she directed herself.
Lorraine, who is an Application Engineer at W. L. Gore & Associates and alumni of the School said.
‘The second year students delivered a great array of jackets for a unique purpose and use. Creating a technical garment which looks good, feels comfortable and solves a problem for the consumer is very challenging. The transformation of wearable jacket to a useable bag allowed the designers to really analyse and problem solve during the design and manufacturing stages. The results achieved were outstanding and the learnings from this project will certainly carry on throughout their future careers. No problem is ever too big to solve’.
Tutor Dr Sue Thomas commented; ‘Overall the students extended themselves, all exceeding their abilities. Their technical and function problem solving abilities and experience were exceptional, and their consideration and empathy for their clients has really developed.’
Furthermore, WL Gore have most generously also sponsored four 4th year students from BSc Fashion Technology.
Further developments to the project have included; Katherine Fleming presenting her work at The Diversity Network Workshop Meeting at the National Museum of Scotland. Her garment will be modelled by Demi Yuille a second year Interior Design student – who modelled for their presentations in her wheelchair.