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Edinburgh College of Art showcase diverse design on the catwalk

May 19, 2011

ECA Fashion Show - Pam Craig wears blue dress by Shauni Douglas

Caryn Franklin of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk, our inspirational Body Confidence campaign partners, paid a visit to Edinburgh College of Art recently to see the results of a project which aims to introduce a diversity of body types to the catwalk. All Walks have been working with the College’s students to replace their inanimate tailor’s dummies with real and opinionated women, who give the students crucial feedback about their designs.

The College has been chosen as an educational ‘centre of excellence’ under its Head of Fashion Mal Burkinshaw, who is developing and implementing a philosophy of ’emotionally consideration design’ where students are made aware of the emotional impact of design for the consumer. All Walks Beyond the Catwalk have been working with ECA to promote the use of realistic body types as a necessity – rather than training on lifeless dummies and models who only represent one body type.

The final dresses were modelled at ECA’s Fashion Show between 4th-6th May – proving that creativity and a diversity of models go hand-in-hand!

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