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MDes in Fashion and Textiles

Welcome to the Department of Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art

The Master of Design in Fashion and Textiles is an advanced skills postgraduate programme designed to meet the ambitions of motivated fashion and/or textile graduates who wish to extend, develop and refine their design practice.

The programme welcomes two broad types of fashion design student, each of which has a characteristically different approach:

One can broadly be described as ‘Textile, or surface, led’ with a design approach considered to be from the ‘Textile-outwards’. The other can broadly be described as ‘Silhouette, or shape, led’ with a design approach considered to be from the ‘Silhouette-inwards’.

Textile-led fashion designers are more concerned with the surface (print, embroidery, decoration) or structure (weave) of the fabric in a garment and tend to think more in two dimensions when designing. Silhouette led designers are more concerned with the shape, cut, outline and construction of a garment and tend to think more in three dimensions when designing.

Knitwear is considered a hybrid activity as the structure of the knitted cloth and the shape of the knitted garment are considered simultaneously. The emphasis might be on knitted structures or fully fashioning.

Students on the programme are required to specialise in a surface or silhouette approach in order to give focus to and strengthen their individual area of expertise.

Enjoy the outcome of their efforts!

'Transient Bodies' - Kieran Flaherty

A brief introduction to 'Transient Bodies', a behind the scenes look at the design process and how Covid-19 was navigated and its effect on the collection.

Transient Bodies

Undermining perception by obscuring pattern through 3D paper manipulation.

Transient Bodies

Inspired by the tradition of Kimono making, in which rectangular pieces of fabric are cut from a larger length called a 'tanmono', initial silhouette experimentations were conducted on the half-scale mannequin using varying lengths and thicknesses of tracing paper. Hand drawn lines were featured to explore moiré-inspired textile designs on transparent materials, being overlayed to create depth and obstruction.

Transient Bodies

Translating my textile work into 3D forms, I took inspiration from the artist Richard Sweeney and his work creating fluid structures from paper. The resulting paper forms will be used to help influence silhouette and possible textile designs

Transient Bodies

Close up details of fluid paper 3D forms for use as 2D textile research

Transient Bodies

Fluid structures envelope the stand, swirling around the figure, obscuring the body and flowing into each other to produce a new form.

Transient Bodies

Fluid paper forms suspended in motion.

Transient Bodies

Fabricated materials generated to accommodate the use of laser technology as a way of incorporating stretch whilst also maintaining a lightweight, wearable quality

Transient Bodies

Hand drawn lines are translated into a repeating linear motif which are then laser cut, with the graduating pattern distorting the body's form.

Transient Bodies

Exploring the reciprocal relationship between the textile and silhouette and how each influences the other.

Transient Bodies

Two-dimensional patterns are laser cut to produce flexile, three-dimensional materials which encompass and adapt to the shape of the wearer.

Transient Bodies

Utilising previous fluid paper structures as a guide, the pattern is manipulated into varying forms, transforming the three-dimensional textile structures generated when draped and worn.

Transient Bodies

Referring to the 'tanmono' and Kimono style of pattern cutting, double-sided squares of fabric were strategically cut to incorporate pattern, enhance malleability and produce a colourful aftereffect when in motion.

Transient Bodies

Laser cut wave patterns are strategically manipulated to follow new paths along the body, cascading naturally downward and obscuring the figure with pattern and shifts of colour.

Transient Bodies

Laser cut waves of fabric obstruct the body, revealing glimpses of the figure through moving shifts of colour.

Transient Bodies

Over 2000 individual laser cut lines are assembled to incorporate stretch and produce an aftereffect optical illusion - with lines shifting through patterns and colour faster than the eye can track.

Transient Bodies

Harmonic waves of blue graduate into vibrant red and encompass the stand.

Transient Bodies

Laser cut, reversible material developed to produce aftereffect optical phenomenon whilst in motion, obscuring the body with distorted pattern and shifting colour.

Transient Bodies

Combining laser cut materials and fluid forms to create dynamic silhouette explorations.

Transient Bodies

'Transient Bodies' collection final line up.

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Final Collection 1

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Final Collection 3

Final Collection 4

Final Collection 5

Design Sheet


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Fabric Samples


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Outcome Simulation


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Yasmine Amani 2020 Degree Show

Behind the scenes and introduction to textile artist Yasmine Amani and her Masters Project.

chicken drawing 3

chickens research drawing

research: chicken details

research feather drawing detail

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chicken research drawing 3

Feather Research Detail

Textile ribbon detail

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Textile Visualisation

Textile Feather Detail

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Textile detail 2

textile sample

Silhouette Lineup

design sheet