A collaboration with Heriot Watt University School of Textiles and Design

National Galleries Scotland encourages colleges and universities to connect with our displays and to use visits to inspire a range of projects that go beyond the gallery walls.

In September 2010 first and third year students from Heriot Watt University School of Textiles and Design in Galashiels were invited to visit Another World: Dalí, Magritte, Miró and the Surrealists to consider Surrealism’s important relationship with fashion. The students then created their own garments inspired by the artworks.

Fashion lecturers Theresa Coburn and Judith Scott encouraged students to research contemporary fashion designers, including Viktor & Rolf and Comme des Garçons, who are known for surrealist and conceptual approaches to their work, whilst maintaining a wearable aesthetic.

Theresa Coburn said, ‘This collaboration provided an excellent introduction to the research process, enabling students to explore the links between current cultural exhibitions and contemporary fashion practice.’

The following pages showcase third year students’ experimental collages, innovative sketchbook pages and completed garments.