Friday, December 10, 2010

an online fashion magazine from Issuu

Please find below an interesting magazine on issuu

Film and Fashion

New permalink at the bottom of the blog to the relationship between film and fashion
with an amazing image below on the title page of the the third fashion in film festival.
This will maybe kick start some thinking for FDI 4 about your mini fashion movie to be undertaken next semester.

Queen of Sheeba

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Surreal garments walkthrough

Dear all
Please find below and in the title a link to todays walkthrough....
Remember to ask Santa for a sewing machine if you do not have one..

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Patsy Perry guest contributer talks about the Drapers Fashion Summit

Patsy Perry, Deputy Programme Director of the MSc International Fashion Marketing, attended the Drapers Fashion Summit 2010 conference in London on 16-17 November. The conference kicked off with a keynote presentation from Carl McPhail, CEO of UK fast fashion retailer New Look, and moved on to a series of presentations and discussion panels with some of the UK fashion industry’s most influential and key personalities. In terms of the consumer angle, the main focus was on how the fashion industry can harness new technologies of the digital revolution to drive growth and capture the hearts and minds of consumers in a sector beleaguered by downward price pressure. Although internet sales of electronics and books have recently plateaued, fashion e-commerce is a big growth sector and is set to increase by 350% over the next 10 years. Multi-channel retailing enables retailers to capture tech-savvy, time-poor customers and with the advent of ‘click-and-collect’ services, also generates extra revenue by driving halo sales in store. Mobile internet use is set to eclipse desktop commerce within the next 5 years, and innovation is driven by the Middle East, the Far East and Sub-Saharan Africa, due to their lack of fixed line infrastructure. The 3G smartphone era has led to a shift in consumer behaviour – a new breed of ‘always online’ consumers that want 24/7 choice and access irrespective of the platform they are interacting from. In terms of sourcing, after a decade of price deflation, 2010 saw the culmination of many adverse factors which increased costs and uncertainty of global apparel sourcing. The evolution of China from a production economy to a consumption economy has led to a reduction in factory capacity: while China used to export 80% of its cotton output, in 2010 60% was used for domestic consumption. Therefore price and quality factors have now been overtaken by buyer concern for capacity. Furthermore, the ‘Foxconn effect’ and concern over global sourcing ethics has led to the doubling of the basic wage in China, which has had a knock-on effect in the garment industry as well as pushing up prices in neighbouring countries. Finally, in terms of graduate employability and the question of how can the fashion industry employ more graduate talent from UK universities, the overriding message was that there is a need for intelligent, professional people who can contribute to the industry. However, universities teaching vocational subjects such as fashion (whether design or marketing) need to make sure they are up to speed with new developments in the industry, whether that is multi-channel retailing, social media marketing or global sourcing trends, so that graduates entering industry are able to hit the ground running. It would appear that there is great value in fostering university-industry linkages for vocational degree programmes in particular, whether that is achieved through industry visits, guest speakers, work placements or work shadowing opportunities.

Dear all please have a look at this website it links in with 1st year holiday project (4th years please have a look to help your interns!) and will also link to 4th year trend project.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Free trend information from Mudpie
Thanks to Isla Scott for this information

Ardalanish design award


Ardalanish Designer Award

ADA 􀂲 Ardalanish Designer Award is a biennial award delivered by Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers

to a talented student designer of sustainable and organic fashion garments from a Scottish


Weaving Mill and its exemplary model plays a huge part in the revival of this traditional Hebridean


Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers is looking for a talented designer to create four new garments for

its permanent womenswear collection.

The award recipient will win the unique opportunity to have his/her designs become a part of the

Ardalanish story.

He/she will be responsible for developing ideas into sketches and patterns that will be cut and sewn

into sample garments, supervising the making up of these, including fitting, detailing and

adaptations, and will work closely with Ardalanish design and production team over a two-­week


A strong connection with/understanding of the place and its history, an awareness of the limitations

of natural resources available at Ardalanish, an understanding of sustainable concepts, along with

technical skills in areas such as pattern grading, cutting and garment construction, are essential.

The ADA consists of:

􀁸 £1000 prize

􀁸 Manufacturing of the garments for the Ardalanish Collection

􀁸 Marketing/ Advertising of the garments

􀁸 The opportunity to use the selected designs made into garments by Ardalanish for the

Degree Show.


A minimum of five A3 sketches are requested, along with a written proposal (vision) 800 words


Applicants are invited to choose from the proposed list of garments, which form the Inside Ardalanish

Wardrobe (see Supporting Information). However, ideas for garments not included in the list will be

considered, as long as they can classify as separates, and worn in conjunction with any other

garments on the list.

Designs should strongly emphasize the two following elements:

Timelessness: achieved by sorting through the past for that which belongs to tomorrow.

Narrative: Garments should carry their own narrative, which intertwines with the one of

Ardalanish. They should reflect the place and the relationship to the place, and what brought them

to life (processes).

The four shortlisted candidates will be announced {...}, and will be required to submit toiles of their

designs for the Ardalanish creative team to consider. The winner will be announced {...}.


About Ardalanish, Isle of Mull Weavers

Our story so far.

Minty and Aeneas MacKay bought Ardalanish in 1994. If you are looking out towards the beach the

land stretches 1600 acres to the right, along the coast and also back behind the farmhouse up the

g within your field of vision. When Minty

and Aeneas bought the farm, it was typical of the west coast with around 600 Blackface sheep and 30

Continental cows.

In the early part of the 19th century the population of Mull peaked at around 9000. These people

mainly through sustenance farming, cattle rearing, droving, and the kelp industry, the latter being

extremely labour intensive. If you look carefully you will see evidence of these people all over Mull.

Ruined villages & lazy beds become just part of the landscape but remember that they were lived in

closely linked to the land and to the animals. They worked and lived in tune with the day and in

tune with the seasons.

Kelp (seaweed) was used at that time to make glass, soap and fertiliser. When this industry, so

labour intensive, collapsed, the land could not continue to support the high population. At the same

time and in part due to the breakdown of the clan system, large areas of Scotland were sold. The

new landlords found it more economically viable to farm sheep, as wool was at a premium. Large

tracts of land were leased to southern sheep farmers who introduced the Cheviot and Blackface

breeds. Many people either left, were assisted to move, or were evicted. The Hebridean sheep (right)

and the people of this land had lost their foothold.

to remember

move from rural life to city life. This of course, has brought great luxury for many of us but some

h price.

On arriving here in 1994 Minty and Aeneas decided that they wanted to do something a little

agreement with the land instead of what felt like the more conventional approach of getting as much

as we could out of the land. To that end they decided to reduce the number of grazing animals

significantly. They also felt strongly that there were good reasons why specific breeds of sheep and

cattle had developed in these areas. Now Ardalanish is home to some 200 native Hebridean sheep

and 25 Highland cows. The land is alive with insect & bird life and tree regeneration is occurring


So the first step was a reduced stock and more breeds that are suited to this environment. It also

fertilizers. There was now less pressure on the land so the need to artificially push its production

Association on board and by early 2000 the farm was certified organic.

Making more out of less.

One of the things about having less is that you have to be more careful with how you use what

but was there a way of using more of the animal? The logical thing to do was

product. And so in the early 2000 Ardalanish sent off its first batch of organic wool and it returned

to the farm as beautiful Hebridean woollen blankets that were sold in the farm shop.

Around that time Minty and Aeneas became aware of Isle of Mull Weavers run by Bob and Kathy

packaged all without leaving Mull. Was there a way to keep the weaving local too? They

approached Bob & Kathy and there started another vital part of the story. If you look through the

windows of the mill you will see the beautiful looms that are now used to produce our tweed here on

feared that he would have to destroy his looms because nobody wanted them. All that beautiful

machinery and all that skill and knowledge could have been lost! Minty and Aeneas decided that

they could not let that happen. During the winter of 2001 / 2002 they helped Bob move all of his

looms from Craignure to Ardalanish. At the same time they worked frantically to renovate the mill

and get it ready for the looms. When the mill was ready Bob rebuilt the looms in their new home.

Over the years that followed Bob passed on the knowledge of his craft to our first apprentice weaver,

Mark. Both Mark and Bob continue to be an important part of keeping this knowledge alive.

So early in 2002 we produced our very first bolt of tweed here on the farm. Quite quickly it became

apparent that we needed more raw fleece than our flock was able to provide. We started contacting

other small farms around the United Kingdom who had flocks of native breed sheep. Some supply us

with certified organic wool, others with wool from native breeds to whom we pay a fair price and

scale farmers were happy to be supplying someone who was prepared to give them a fair price for all

of their hard work.

into different shades and qualities. The

still have challenges facing us with regard to sustainability and carbon footprint. At the moment our

garment. We are working on it though and one day we very much hope that we will have all of the

facilities for every process here at Ardalanish.

In the meantime one way that we can influence the impact our business has on the environment is to

ensure that as much of the process as possible is organic. As we
organic but we could only call the end product organic if it stayed organic all the way through all of

the processes involved. And so another part of the story begins. We approached the scourers, the

spinners and the finishers and we asked them if they would consider going organic. Some responded

more favourably than others but to all of their credit they got there! And at the same time we

worked hard to get the mill certified as organic. In early 2005 we produced our very first bolt of

ver since. Presently we are the only manufacturer of

organic tweed in the UK.

Taking it one step further.

and got it

to stage of finished tweed. Of course many of our sales are for just that. Small boutique designers

want small quantities of organic tweed for their clothing production and we supply to many of them

throughout the UK and abroad, such as Eloise Grey. In addition we deal with larger scale orders

such as Jigsaw UK who used Ardalanish organic tweed in their AW09 collection, and again for their

AW10 collection.

Supplying bulk tweed is one thing and it is of course a very important part of our business. But we

that mean? Well for us that meant designing and making our own clothing right here on the farm.

So, we bought ourselves a portacabin, moved it to that yard and that became our sewing room.

As with so many things at Ardalanish the right people turned up at the right time. We get many

WWOOFERS (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) coming to volunteer their time and in the

summer of 2007 Madde and Anja came over from Sweden. Both having studied tailoring and both

interested in ethical fashion, Ardalanish was a logical place for them to spend some time. It was later

that year that Anja designed the instantly classic Ardalanish Flounce Coat. And from the Flounce

Coat came a whole range now known as the Ardalanish Collection. Designed by Anja and sewn on

site by
leave on your back!

And into that bargain we got Madde. She is now our Mill Production Manager and full time weaver.

Over the years she has extracted as much information as possible from Master Weaver Bob who is

still known to visit on occasion, and is now in a unique position to pass on her skills to our new

apprentice Katrina.

Our shop carries the full range of what we presently produce at Ardalanish. To one side, you will see

the cutting table with a range of tweed bolts stored underneath. We sell organic and ethical tweed

by the metre both here and on line at To see examples of what that tweed can

Collection. These garments are available in a standard range of sizes and can be ordered in specific

let you know the waiting time before you leave.

In addition to the Ardalanish Collection we also have a range of sample garments from some of the

boutiques that use our tweeds, along with items such as blankets, scarves, throws, knitting yarn and

various gift items.


Inside Ardalanish wardrobe


Skirt (short/long)

Trousers (wide-­leg/slim-­leg)


Jacket (day to night, day/night)


Shift Dress


Short coat


Bag/Weekend bag


Pinafore dress (knitted yoke)


New European Fashion Competition "Greenfashion"
Please follow the link to enroll for this competition.....
Dear friend of The Green Fashion Competition,

After much anticipation, 'The Green Fashion Manual' is finally finished and has been published on

In this manual you will find 5 key points wherein fashion can be connected to sustaining biodiversity.

Sustaining biodiversity is one of the core criteria for the competition. AIFW has written this manual with help from ‘CREM specialists in sustainability’. The manual is meant as an aid and inspiration for participants of the competition.

Further core criteria for The Green Fashion Competition are: Vision, Profitability, Feasibility, Market and Positioning, Design and Execution. These topics will be covered during the two workshops that will take place in October. Visit for more information about the workshops.

For all questions concerning The Green Fashion Competition and of course The Green Fashion Manual, please feel free to contact us.

And don’t forget to Enrol before Thursday September 30th!

First prize 25000 euros yes that is right 25000euros

Friday, September 24, 2010

yshlondon this is a trend, news, job, information site for the fashion industry....

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Competition 2 of the day

We're launching a Young Designers competition for university student studying fashion related courses in their 2nd or 3rd year.
P.S. This also includes 4th years in Scotland....MT

The competition which has been sponsored by Sandstorm swim-wear boutique will offer the lucky winner the chance to have their design put into production with a commission paid for each swim-wear piece sold by the boutique, in addition the winner will also receive a £250 cash prize. Second prize will win a £100 Sandstorm voucher and third prize a £75.00 Sandstorm voucher. The competition has two categories 1. Swim-wear with sarong and 2. Resort wear, students can enter both and the only rule is that every piece must be wearable, well designed and look great on real women.

This would be a fantastic opportunity for anyone desiring a career in fashion

Attached is the competition information booklet including entry forms which must be submitted by 10th October 2010 via

Dear all you will find the information on the competition board on level 2 of the High Mill
Regards Mark

First fashion competition of the new academic year

European Fashion award -Fash 2011
Presented by the german fashion industry foundation
Closing date for initial entries 21st of September 2010
Good luck....

Friday, September 10, 2010

Freshers challenge 2010

Welcome to all of our new freshers
The link above will take you to the first tangible results of studying at the school of Textiles and Design, Heriot-Watt University

Monday, August 16, 2010

Conde Nast (Vogue) fashion illustration micro site

To help us all improve our fashion illustration, Vogue have published a micro site, exploring contemporary practice. (Really I think that they would like to sell us copies) but this is a well designed easy access site..
so please do access and see what the competition is....

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Monday, June 28, 2010

A new competition

This is a competition aimed at both fashion and textiles and may be suitable for some of the work that you have done this year..... or you may be feeling at a loose end this summer....
I would encourage you to go and find out....

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

William Chambers

Congratulations to William Chambers ( ex graduate) on your success on being awarded the 2010 Scottish accessory designer award......
Link to Williams site in the title

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fashion Workie website is a website bringing together the fashion industry and students/designers for work placements......worth a  look

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Press from Friday photocall

Well done everyone, this is the first published article on last Fridays photocall.....
More to follow....

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Fashion show 2010 outfits

Dear all please find below the link to the selected outfits for the fashion show
The fashion show is going to look great.....

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Professor Julian (Innovation in pattern cutting)

This is a really interesting look at how fashion can be exciting challenging yet approachable

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Free portfolio site

I was sent the above link and it may be of some interest to you all....

Monday, March 22, 2010

accessory designers wanted

We are looking for talented, innovative and like-minded accessory designers (couture level) for some upcoming high profile art-fashion collaborations and events in London.

Please message me with your ideas and suggestions.

Created in London - with Love

Miss Kiki Salon

Founder and Muse

M: 07980 783698

You can now buy our products via our on-line shop:

More links to mini movies

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Todays 4th year internal photo styling review images

FDI 4 click on the post title to see the images from todays reviews.
Please remember to sign up for "Get Started" in careers...... a good introduction to the thrills and spills of setting up your own business.

fashion videos

Mark Eley suggested that you all may wish to look at this site to give you some more ideas as to what we are looking for in the videos
Regards Mark

Monday, February 1, 2010


Graduating 4th years may wish to look at this for free portfolio hosting and also job searching.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Pringle and why scotland is a great place to design and produce

a little light humour
oh if only it was this easy....
Dubai students may find it amusing with all the rain....
(link in the title, just click title)

New collection of Stella Mcartney

Just a thought for the third years who may be looking at body concious
Stella Mcartney new collaboration collection with Adidas
Link is in the title ( just click title of this post)

Friday, January 22, 2010

three finished outfits

Dear all thanks for showing us your work.....
some of you have some way to go but none of it is impossible...
Link to garments below

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Two new competitions

Dear all here are two new competitions:
Miniature hat design
500 Felt Objects deadline February 13th

Good luck and remember you are on the winning team.....

Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Momiji website

Congratulations (another winner)

Congratulations are due to Nadine Henderson who was one of the 10 finalists in the worldwide Momiji doll competition.
Link is in the title to this post

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Strange japanese fashion

Just a random thought about fashion from around the globe.......... in this case Tokyo

New fashion brand

Happy new year
I hope that we are all enjoying the snow + X . ' %
The title of the post links to a new Fashion Brand, the result of many months of design, research, dedication and belief that we as designers, creatives and entrepreneurs can reclaim something from the ashes of the noughties. I wish the team a lot of success in the new decade....