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The designer in pyjamas

Fashion can impact our identity, how we feel and influence our mental health

4 November 2020

We all wear clothes; fashion affects all of us.

Delia Crowe - Programme Leader, MA Fashion Design

How do your clothes make you feel?

For many of us, our clothes form part of our identity. What we wear can have a major impact on how we feel, our mood and our mental health.

Delia Crowe, Programme Leader, MA Fashion Design at the Winchester School of Art, loves to wear pyjamas and loungewear because the activity of putting on, and wearing, more comfortable clothes makes her feel relaxed.

“I have been known to wear my pyjamas to work, on more than one occasion,” she says.


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Delia uses her nearly 20 years’ experience working as a womenswear designer to teach her students about sustainable fashion in response to ‘fast fashion’ – where clothes form part of the cheap throw-away culture. The studio-based course forms a close-knit community, where she nurtures and supports her students to explore their creativity.

“I learn so much from my students as well as them learning from me.”

Listen to Delia on Universi-tea now, and find out more about her work and the power of fashion.

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