Fashion Design School of Design

Lydia Gough (She/Her)

My collections this year were centred around what makes us human.  I have always had a fascination with human form, and through my degree have explored the various ways and theories behind why and how we dress the body.

My first collection titled ‘The Body Reworked’, aims to understand the connections between the body, movement and clothing.  I have aimed to communicate the relationship between these entities, and considered our genetic heritage and medicine alongside this.

My McQueen Collaborative collection titled ‘Connie’ pays homage to my direct linage on my mother’s side. I have paid tribute to the women in my family through a series of knitted tailored silhouettes.  Using the properties of fabric, I have aimed to communicate the importance of the body and it’s heritage, using the language of knit.

The Body Reworked

The Body Reworked

Medicine is often considered an art of science.  Artistic offerings from the likes of da Vinci and Andreas Vesalius display the entangled history between art and medicine.  In his time, the Italian polymath da Vinci claimed to have dissected more than thirty corpses for his anatomical studies.  These studies have been referred to in medicine time and time again.  My aim for this collection is to communicate the relationship between fashion, the body, more specifically its genetic heritage, and medicine.  From a medical perspective, fashion offers some insightful theories of why we wear what we do, and how cognitive behaviours have created trends and fabrics that have physical and psychological benefits.  For example, compression clothing has been proven to improve athletic performance, decrease injury, reduce and prevent varicose veins, leg ulcers, DVT and improve the blood flow in the body.  Using these properties of fabric I aimed to create a symbiosis through knitted silhouettes that benefit the body, whilst embracing the artistic depth of fashion.

Concept statement

The initial direction of this project. Featuring an illustration by Da Vinci (top left)

Initial Development

Movement. Sports therapy, and recovery.

Initial Development

Knitted textiles from kinesiology tapes for muscle recovery.


Responding to muscle forms in knitted structures.


Responding to the muscles in the leg, specifically the quadriceps.


Responding to the movement of back muscles during physical excursion.

Extension of limbs

Experimenting with extending muscle forms away from the body.


Extending muscle forms off of the body.

Initial design

Are clothes become an extension of the human form. The muscles reworked onto the exterior.

Garment Construction

An example of my creative process when producing these knitted garments.

Final Garment.

Look 5 focuses on the movement of the body in clothing. Paired with the 'oblique top', which uses rib structures to mimic muscle fibres.

Look 1 & 5

Photograph taken at the Glasgow Fashion Show. Movement and layers of the human form.


Look 2

Look 4

Based on the extension of tendons and ligaments in the hand.

Look 3 & 6

Look 5


Graduate Collection based on muscle forms and the movement of the body. Titled 'The Body Reworked'.


Sarah Burton, the creative director of Alexander McQueen, discussed the significance of the rose for the brand in the opening statement for the ‘Roses’ exhibition.  From this, the notion of ‘…birth and rebirth and the whole life cycle’, has inspired me to investigate my own heritage and the women before me.  Specifically, the women in my direct line on my mother’s side.  ‘Nannie Connie’, as seen here on the immediate left, has been described to be as a determined, confident character, who was a great influence to my Grandmother and Mother.  I intend to represent my Great-Grandmother’s ‘fun confidence’ through draped and tailored knitted silhouettes, whilst making reference to the McQueen archives that inspired this exploration.




A look into the generations. Mother. Grandmother. Great Grandmother.

Final Line Up

Proposed Line Up. A transition through the generations as the collection progresses.

Garment Construction

Half Scale garment construction notes.

Sleeve Construction

Garment Construction

Half Scale Proposed Garment

Garment Construction

Full Scale. Sleeve construction, using a domestic knitting machine and boning.

Garment Construction

Full Scale garment proposal. Knitted on the domestic machine.