A career in fashion is surely in the bag

Glasgow Clyde College students (from left) Clare Golloghy, Seana Collins and Sherly McCulloch with their leather bag designs
Glasgow Clyde College students (from left) Clare Golloghy, Seana Collins and Sherly McCulloch with their leather bag designs
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A trio of former Taylor High pupils have impressed leading figures from the Scottish fashion industry with leather handbags they designed.

Sheryl McCulloch, Claire Gollogly and Seana Collins, who all study HND Fashion Textiles at Glasgow Clyde College, were challenged to create a bag for a competition and public showcase.

The project, which aimed to promote the use of leather in fashion design, gave students the opportunity to show their work to magazine editor Emma Watson and Dr Adrian Peirotti from The Incorporation of Cordiners, who donated £1,000 to help students purchase materials.

Sheryl, who had never worked with leather before, said: “I found the experience really challenging, but I ended up enjoying working with leather and can’t wait to use it on another product.”

Claire, whose drawstring tote bag was inspired by childhood toys, added: “It was a really interesting project to work on as the thought of having the competition and showcase at the end of it was really exciting and acted as an incentive for us to work really hard on our designs.”

Seana, who hopes to work in the textiles industry when she leaves college, said: “I always loved art when I was at school so was delighted to be able to go down the fashion textiles route at college.”

Emma Watson believes experiences like this are vital when it comes to preparing students for working in the industry.

She said: “The quality of the work showcased at the event was extremely impressive. I’d advise the students to take every opportunity they can get to broaden their horizons within the fashion industry – they shouldn’t be afraid to try new things.”