Harrow Way Community School Year 11 BTEC Art students experienced the work of key fashion designers recently courtesy of the V&A’s renowned Wedding Dress exhibition.
The trip to the world’s leading museum of art and design was also to see costume and ‘fashion through the ages’ and how ‘East meets West‘ in fashion.
For the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Art and Design students learn a wide range of textile skills. Chrissy Collins, Curriculum Leader for Art explains more about current project ‘East meets West:’
“For this assignment students are required to research eastern pattern and culture *. From this they will design an outfit, garment, accessory and provide samples for a client which fuses eastern pattern with western fashion.”
The ‘Wedding Dress’ exhibition explores costume and fashion through the ages from 1750 to present day. Dresses by key fashion designers such as Charles Frederick Worth, Norman Hartnell, Charles James, John Galliano, Christian Lacroix, Vivienne Westwood and Vera Wang offer a view of fashion during this time.
The exhibition highlights the histories of the dresses, revealing fascinating details about the lives of the wearers and offering an intimate insight into their circumstances and fashion choices.
Chrissy Collins, concludes: “One of the best ways to understand and learn about art is to actually experience it first-hand. This trip illustrated how artists and designers draw inspiration from a range of sources and cultures.”
“Although attendance was voluntary those who came thought the V&A was an incredible museum and have learned what a useful resource museums can be for both inspiration and the acquisition of knowledge.”
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