SRD and BIOME Collective Launch Scotland’s First Gaming and Fashion Collaboration

SRD and BIOME Collective Launch Scotland’s First Gaming and Fashion Collaboration

As part of this year’s Scotland Re:Design (SR:D) Fashion Festival, SR:D and Biome Collective bring you Arcadia presents Interlace: Conversations between fashion, games and digital art on Friday November 19th 2021, online at 5-7pm.

This is the first ever major public Scottish collaboration event between gaming and fashion. The event will be broadcast live from Dundee, with an evening featuring leading international game and fashion designers and thinkers from across the industries, exploring a range of topics from cosplay craft and fashion in games to future design trends and sustainability. 

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The festival has been created around three central themes:

  • Sustainability
  • Equality
  • Technology in fashion

Interlace will unpack the relationships between games and fashion, reveal innovative ways in which the fashion industry can embrace games and technology and highlight the diversity of work found in both industries. 

As part of the curated collaboration, Dundee based textile designer and maker Kate Scarlet Harvey, and game designer Connie Reid will share highlights of their sponsored exploration on the intersection of their separate practices.

Creative Collaboration

People from across the world will gather online including: Caitlin Goodale – Head of User Experience at Drest, Jade How – Head of Fashion at Lockwood Publishing, Alexandra Orlando – Community Manager at Kitfox Games, Digital Artist / CG Generalist Miya Shen, and Narrative Game Designer at Twin Drums Kira Farron, Communications and Content Manager at Fashion Revolution Ruth MacGilp, and Knitwear designer / Product Developer Jeni Allison

Fast fashion and shoppers face challenges at home and up and down the High Streets, our home-grown industry and our audiences, and opportunities, are online. Taking place the week after COP26, the message is clear to think of new ways to shop, to buy Scottish, shop local, and support each other on the journey towards creating a new, circular and inclusive industry and economy.

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Jenny Gilruth, the Minister for Culture, Europe and International Development said:

It’s great to see the return of Scotland Re:Design Fashion Festival and I’m particularly pleased the Festival has benefitted from Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, supported by funding from the Scottish Government. 

This year’s festival focus on Sustainability, Equality and Technology in Fashion could not be more timely following Glasgow’s role as the host city for COP26. It is fitting, too, that the first night of the Festival will take place in Dundee, UNESCO’s City of Design, at V&A Dundee, Scotland’s design museum and centre for design.

I wish Scotland Re:Design every success with the Festival.

Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events for VisitScotland:

We are delighted to support Scotland Re:Design’s Fashion Festival through Scotland’s Events Recovery Fund, established by EventScotland in conjunction with funding from the Scottish Government. 

Congratulations to SRD and BIOME collective launching Scotland’s first Gaming and Fashion public collaboration which will be broadcast live.  This is an exciting and innovative development for the festival, and very fitting following COP26, with global fashion and game designers coming together on the 19 November to publicly show and discuss new work, trends, sustainability and opportunities.

Arcadia Director Malath Abbas said:

It’s great to explore current and future connections between fashion and games. There is so much crossover between sectors and a lot of potential for future collaboration. Interlace gives us the opportunity to bring insight from fashion to games and vice versa. Fashion connects craft and design to a global market and games are at the forefront of creative and digital innovation across society

Social enterprise SR:D recently announced the return of its annual Fashion Festival, with the first night opening Runway Show from 7pm at V&A Dundee, the iconic Scottish home of Design, on 17th November 2021. Followed up with four days of online and real-life events across Scotland featuring live music and fashion and film collaborations, the festival is a fundraiser to support the sector in post Covid recovery.

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SR:D Director Chris Hunt said:

Scotland’s fashion industry was recently re-evaluated to be worth a minimum of £2.8 billion to the Scottish economy (ONS/APPG Westminster) employing tens of thousands of people, plus thousands of creative freelancers with ever growing volumes of students and courses. Scotland’s gaming industry is a fast growing, impactful yet also relatively new industry for the Scottish economy, which has flourished and achieved massive global scale from Dundee, now the new home for SR:D, and the home of Scottish Design at the iconic V&A Dundee.

The collaboration to bring these vital Scottish creative industries and shared audiences together to reveal opportunities and exciting new developments going on around the world was a clear mission for me this year.

There is a large cast and crew working on Interlace, as well as the wider festival programme across the country – from stylists, photographers, film-makers, musicians, artists and venues for each of the festival events, films and creative projects, to the models and backstage for the Runway Show.

As such, the festival is providing much needed work and stimulation for both the events and fashion sectors, which have been hard hit by the pandemic and Brexit. 

Visit the ReDesign Scotland website to register for news, book tickets (and remember to check out the options to order Friday night drinks direct to your door too with the special SRD Cocktail Box).

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