Saturday, 29 September 2012

National Museum of Scotland: Jean Muir

Our HND students had a great trip to the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh today to carry out primary research for the Fashion Forecasting units and to aid design research. Before the activities were fully underway, a chance conversation with an events officer allowed us a back stage visit to see a tiny part of the Jean Muir collection currently in the museum that was currently being moved and catalogued before archived elsewhere. Happenstance. . . .

The students were able to see fashion shoot contacts sheets, dresses, shorts, jackets and shirts made from fine silk single jersey and finely woven wool crepe. Great fun and a bonus to the day out.

A quiet but thorough Scot who loved championed our textile and manufacturing industry, Jean Muir dressed the famous and wealthy from the 60's til her death in 1995. The Jean Muir label continued until 2007.

All sketches by Jean Muir

She worked with her husband from their London studios and built her reputation on her love of midnight blue and classic but contemporary, slinky silhouettes.

As a student, I was fortunate to meet her a few times when she became a guest tutor on our course and opened our final degree show in London.

Many thanks to the staff at the National Museums of Scotland, Edinburgh who were free with their time, exhibits and welcomed us so warmly.