Our fashion students are very busy continuing primary research for design projects. The more research you do, the more 'inspired' you become. Trying to design in a vacuum is impossible so we always recommend to fill sketchbook after sketchbook with ideas, thumbnail sketches and observations of the world surrounding you.
There are many ways to do this. Collecting objects like bus tickets, leaves, seedheads, shells, string, postcards and playing around with collage materials can inspire patterns and shapes used in fashion. Visiting art exhibitions and museums are also an excellent way to immerse yourself in culture.
Taking personal research photos of all of the above is a vital way to express yourself and a key learning tool in design development. These are some recent mobile phone photos taken on museum trips in Glasgow and London. Enjoy the fun / playing aspect of this type of activity.