Fashion and Interiors students look to the Archives for inspiration

We've been very busy in the Archives this week, with visits from forty Level 5 students working on a brief to design costumes and installations inspired by Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. They've been looking at examples of stained glass designs, panels featuring medieval scenes, and sketches of people in theatrical or historical costumes - all by their predecessors from the 1890s and early 1900s. 

All set up for the workshop ....

All set up for the workshop ....

Many of the students were previously unaware that the Archives existed, and were keen to explore other items in the collections as well. They were very impressed by the standard of the work, particularly that by Florence Camm and the botanical illustrations by children as young as fourteen. 

Florence Camm, Study for stained glass panel of a death bed scene, 1902

Florence Camm, Study for stained glass panel of a death bed scene, 1902

This coming Thursday, the Interiors students will be putting on an exhibition of their installations in the Shell, so why not take a look at it?