Scottish Academy of Fashion launches research projects

scottishfashionThe Scottish Academy of Fashion, a joint venture between GCU, Heriot-Watt, Edinburgh College of Art and Robert Gordon University, has announced new research projects aimed at supporting Scotland’s textile industry.

The Academy, an ambitious project developing Scotland as a global centre of excellence in fashion-related learning and commercially relevant research, has backing from Creative Scotland, Textiles Scotland and the Scottish Funding Council.

Linda Shearer from GCU’s Caledonian Business School is working on projects with the Academy. Linda has a background in Fashion Design, predominantly for high street markets, involving design, pattern cutting, fabric sourcing, range building, garment development to production. She has recently organised consultancy projects with SMEs in design and development of fashion and textile- related products including the design, development & production of a baby seat concept to improve infant development, development and production of patented textile component for cycling/commuter luggage, CAD garment simulation for a transactional website for a textile design business, garment pattern development and grading for a small fashion design retail enterprise, creation of CAD fashion illustrations for promotion of a new fashion range in a retail outlet, and the creation of garment production patterns, consumer testing & reporting on production samples for an online retail organic lingerie enterprise.

Linda’s research projects include the interrelationship of dress, identity and the workplace, the positioning of vintage fashion retailers, vintage consumers – mainstream and subculture, the role of designers in fashion retailing, and the consumer perception of retail environments.

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