Exclusive fashion collection inspired by the Museum at Tring

24 June 2011

The Natural History Museum at Tring joined some of the world's most glamorous locations this month to host an exclusive fashion shoot for a Royal College of Art final year textiles student.

Emma Shipley models her new Tring-inspired scarves

Gorillas, snakes, flora and fauna adorn Emma's scarf prints.

Twenty-five-year-old local fashion student Emma Shipley used some of the specimens at the Natural History Museum at Tring as visual inspiration for her final year collection. 

Emma says, 'I grew up near Tring and used to visit the Museum as a child. I always loved it. It seemed the perfect place to shoot my evolution-inspired scarf collection. Tring is a unique location: the quintessential home of zoology. 

'The animals served as a perfect background to echo the prints on my scarves and I'm delighted with the final images.'

The designs on the fashion scarves feature gorillas, snakes and a variety of flora and fauna, and they are influenced by the Darwinian theory of evolution and patterns in the natural world. 

Emma's scarf collection was revealed at the Royal College of Art graduate show in London on 23 June. She hopes to sell her prints to luxury retailers.

Emma Shipley models her new Tring-inspired scarves

Emma: 'The animals at Tring were a perfect background to echo the prints on my scarves.'

Paul Kitching, Museum Manager at Tring, said, 'It was a pleasure to help arrange this shoot, when you see how the Museum's collection has evoked such passion and creativity in someone and we wish her every success.'

Opened in the late 1800s to house the collections of Lionel Walter, second Baron Rothschild, the Natural History Museum at Tring welcomes more than 120,000 visitors a year. They can see a huge variety of wild, weird and wonderful specimens across the animal kingdom - from armadillos to zebras, and even domestic dogs.

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