A-Level Textiles

The course encourages a creative approach to Textile Design allowing you to specialise in Fashion, Textiles, Interiors, Fine Art Textiles, Art, sustainability and Costume design. These resources give you a starting point to explore the different areas within the subject.


Your starting point for any design project will be research and recording ideas. Read and watch the blog post Zandra Rhodes: Processes, Practices and the Importance of Sketching


Journals - Also available online

Art Monthly Art Review https://www.artmonthly.co.uk/

Contemporary Crafts Magazine https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/

Creative Review https://www.creativereview.co.uk/

Design Magazine https://www.dezeen.com/

Drapers https://www.drapersonline.com/

Elle Decoration https://www.elledecoration.co.uk/

GQ https://www.gq-magazine.co.uk/?international

Selvedge – Selvedge Ltd https://www.selvedge.org/

Vogue Web https://www.vogue.co.uk/


Textile & Fibre Artists https://www.textileartist.org/

Collate inspiration in folders https://www.pinterest.co.uk/

British Fashion Council https://www.britishfashioncouncil.co.uk/

Crafts Council www.craftscouncil.org.uk

Design Council www.designcouncil.org.uk

Design Museum www.designmuseum.org

Drapers Magazine www.drapersonline.com/fashion/index.html

Costume timelines www.fashion-era.com/C20th_costume_history


Victoria and Albert Museum www.vam.ac.uk

Vogue Magazine www.vogue.co.uk


https://www.fashionrevolution.org/resources/listen-to-the-fashion-revolution-podcast/ Interested in sustainablity and working towards making change.++

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/105-dressed-the-history-of-fas-29000690/- Dressed: The History of Fashion explores both social and cultural histories of clothing

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds listen to interviews with some of the world’s greatest designers, including Vivienne Westwood, Zandra Rhodes, Celia Birtwell and Anya Hindmarch on Desert Island Discs.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/ Look for Podcasts on textile designers, fabrics and the history of Textiles.


Now is a great time to see what is happening in the virtual world of museums and galleries. Here is a selection:

DESIGN MUSEUM - Stella McCartney and Sir David Adjaye, in an exciting discussion on sustainable fashion and architecture. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lgLKhYJkIoA-

V & A - The V&A museum has launched a series of five films on YouTube that takes viewers on a personal, 30-minute behind-the-scenes tour of its Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=99&v=oEf0iFNTVGw&feat
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  3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hG6UVZexmc8
  4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvyC_pqYhvwhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz1AzscxHjk
  5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OSgNdkcg9To

Royal Academy of Arts- Picasso & Paper exhibition https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/article/picasso-and-paper-virtual-exhibition-tou