MA Fashion and Textiles

MA/MDes Design is a highly flexible Masters which offers you either a broad MA Design qualification, or a choice of six specialist MDes qualifications in Graphic Design, Illustration, Fashion, Textile Design, Interior and Spatial Design, or Product Design. You will redefine and develop your individual personal direction in a rich learning environment, using traditional and advanced new technology facilities at our Markeaton Street and Britannia Mill sites.

Aleeza Abbas

Childhood literature is rich in fable, fantasy and mythology - largely translated into fairy tales. Although often complying with gendered stereotypes, such imaginary narratives are luminous and engaging to the young, unformed mind. Between cultures, there is considerable similarity and overlap in these timeless legends. In my personal experience, I became immersed in the notion of mermaids – in particular of Ariel, a popular cartoon figure.

I was intrigued to realise later that every part of the world has sustained some version of the mermaid myth, even to the level of deification. My particular inspiration, IARA, is a mermaid believed to live or have lived in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Various interpretations described IARA – the Goddess of Water. My version portrays her as sensuous, charming and delicate.

This garment collection is a depiction of her fragile fish-like skin and the organic shapes reflect aquatic movement and forms. Transparent, figuratively printed organza evokes the watery transparency of the marine habitat. Each outfit is assigned the name of a fish species: Medusa, Sea-Goldie, Moorish and Mandarin.

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Set of images of a female model wearing a colourful frilled top made by a fashion student