Having undertaken a doctorate in Elizabethan dress, Nayal felt passionately about emphasising the importance of the research through the collection itself.
Images from Elizabeth I’s funeral procession, along with hymn sheets, speeches and maps were incorporated into the collection through digital printing. The event triggered coverage from a variety of publications including Vogue.
The British Library’s collections holds over 200 million items, from manuscripts and maps to photography and printed materials. Through our new Fashion web resource and in collaboration with the British Fashion Council and its Council of Colleges, the Library is aiming to inspire fashion design students to use its uniquely diverse and historical collections in surprising and unexpected ways.
To support this, the British Library will be launching a fashion design competition this autumn in collaboration with Nabil and the British Fashion Council. The competition will be mentored and judged by Nabil, who will host a Fashion Masterclass for fashion students in the Library as part of the process.
Watch this space for further details!