Item GSAA/AV/1/1 - GSA Fashion Show film

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GSA Fashion Show film


  • Apr 1978 (Creation)

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The 1978 Fashion Show was held in the Mackintosh Lecture Theatre from the 24th to 28th April 1978. The film comprises a combination of still images and film footage of students preparing for the show behind the scenes, and modelling on the stage. There is a mixture of men’s and women’s garments. Styles and themes include metallic fabrics, sportswear, bodysuits and off-the-shoulder dresses. Children’s clothes were also modelled in the show although these are not shown in the film. Garments were designed and modelled mostly by students or former students. Indigo Designs also designed evening dresses for the show. Students involved in the show came from a variety of subject areas and years, including: 1st year; Embroidery and Weaving; Textiles; and Graphics. Hair was by the Hely Design Group and shoes were from Ravel. The set for the show consisted of a pale, self-coloured ruched fabric backdrop. A soundtrack was recorded separately to accompany the film but GSA does not hold a copy of this. A short clip of this film is available online at To view the full length film, please contact GSA Archives and Collections. Note – the full length film contains some nudity at 5:17 and 9:42. The information above has in part been provided by staff and alumni of GSA.

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(fl 1970s-)

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Colin Carruthers studied Graphic Design at GSA in the 1970s and was a cameraman for the 1978 fashion show. He was awarded a maintenance scholarship for a further year at Glasgow in session 1978-79.

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(fl c1970s-)

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Denis Crossan studied at GSA in the 1970s and filmed the 1978 fashion show. Whilst at GSA he exhibited photographs.
He has worked as a cinematographer for all his professional life, from the 1980s and into 2017, on a number of Hollywood films and television programmes. Denis is also a member of the British Society of Cinematographers.

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(fl c1970s-)

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Chris Webster studied Design and Visual Communications at GSA, graduating in 1980. Chris filmed the 1978 fashion show. He was awarded a maintenance scholarship for a further four terms at Glasgow in session 1978-79.
Chris is a freelance television producer and director, and has been based in the Middle East since 2013.

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Note some nudity at 5:17 and 9:42

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Super 8 film, Video, Running time 10:54, file size of digitised copy 936MB, no audio soundtrack

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The poster for the 1978 fashion show can be found at GSAA/EPH/10/58, and the programme can be found at DC 093/2/5.

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