The Library is hosting a display of fashion designs inspired by events after the First World War. A selection of fashion books from our collections is also being shown.
Students and graduates designed outfits for a Library competition, to be judged by a panel. They submitted drawings of their designs as well as moodboards revealing the inspiration behind their creations.
Visitors to the display can view the competition entries, and also have the chance to vote for their favourite design.
in the competition.
titles from the Library collections.
From September to October 2018 the Library held a competition called 'Re-Fashioned'. Entrants were invited to produce a creative response to 100 years of social, political and cultural change since the Armistice, in line with the Library's exhibition A Better World?.
The competition was open to students and recent graduates of design courses such as fashion or textile design in Scotland. Nine submissions are going on display, to be judged by a panel of representatives from fashion, higher education and the cultural sector.
Inspiration for designs
Competition entries were inspired by various post-war occurrences. Several entrants created outfits in response to the changing role of women in society, equality and gender issues.
Post-war celebrity, a fear of being unsafe, clothing's role in establishing identity and changes in lifestyles over the past century were also sources of design inspiration.
The competition winner will be chosen by the judges on Tuesday 15 January, and will receive a career development award of £750. They will also see their winning creation brought to life in the Library, with a professional photo shoot of a model wearing their design.
All nine creators of the displayed designs will be invited to a creative industry workshop at the Library. This workshop will focus on exploring how Library collections can help support development of brand and business as well as providing visual design inspiration.
Wednesday 16 January — Saturday 19
George IV Bridge, Edinburgh.
Free. Drop-in display — no need to book.