The MDes in Fashion and Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art is
an advanced skills postgraduate programme designed to meet the
ambitions of motivated Fashion and Textile Graduates who wish to
extend, develop and hone their individual 'design signature'.
The programme attracts and welcomes two different 'types' of
Fashion Design Student each with a characteristically different
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 9print, embroidery, decoration) or structure (weave, knit)
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.
An everyday example might be the difference between an Arran
jumper and a tailored jacket. In an Arran jumper (textile led)
it is the decorative effect of the cables and the structure of the
knit which 'leads' the garment. Also, the textile and garment
are created and considered simultaneously. In a tailored
jacket (silhouette led) it is the shape, cut, outline and
construction which 'leads' the garment. Also, the textile and
garment are created and considered separately.
A particular strength of the MDes programme is the
interrelatedness of the practice and written work. All written
work requires students to integrate reflections of their own design
practice as a component part of any text.
The programme also connects to the research strategy of The
Glasgow School of Art in its links with the Centre for Advanced Textiles
(CAT) Research Centre.