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Animal fashion at Tring

Posted by Rose Jun 24, 2011

Some of our most well-known animal specimens at the Museum at Tring have inspired an exclusive fashion collection and also formed the backdrop to a recent fashion shoot in the Tring Museum's galleries.

Beauty and the beasts: Tring's specimens inspired an exlusive scarf collection photographed and modelled at the Museum at Tring this month. Photos courtesy of Andy Barnham.

The exclusive new collection of fashion scarves is the creation of Royal College of Art (RCA) final-year textiles student, Emily Shipley. Her beautiful print designs were revealed at the RCA's graduate show in London this week.


Emma explains, '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 feature gorillas, snakes and a variety of flora and fauna, and are influenced by the Darwinian theory of evolution and patterns in the natural world.


Read the news story about the exclusive fashion shoot at the Museum at Tring

Find out about the Natural History Museum at Tring

See Emma Shipley's nature-inspired designs

Enjoy some photos of Emma's designs from the fashion shoot at Tring. Select images to enlarge them

Those who know the weird and wonderful galleries at Tring may be familiar with the animals in the backgrounds and on the prints.