Spotlight on Fashion was an innovative and ambitious project at Dulwich Picture Gallery with young people from Spotlight, a creative youth space in Tower Hamlets, which explored the permanent collection through fashion and identity.
For six months nine young people worked with Costume Designer Lesley Ford to design and create their own garments. By drawing inspiration from the painted portraits at the Gallery the group provided a new perspective for our Curators with which to view our collection of Old Masters.
The young people visited Dulwich Picture Gallery, the fashion archives at the Victoria and Albert Museum and met students in their studios at the London College of Fashion. They looked at different fabric, pattern, texture and various design techniques to develop their initial ideas and designs into unique garments and accessories.
The project culminated in a spectacular Fashion Show at Spotlight, where the young people modelled their garments on the catwalk to friends, family, the local community and press. They also took part in a two-day fashion shoot at the Gallery, amongst the paintings that inspired them. The young designers worked with professional photographer Sal Idriss to set up and take the shots, arrange the lighting and choreograph the poses for their portraits.
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