Fashion designers explore the unrelated

Fashion designers aren’t afraid to plunder unrelated fields for inspiration (Alexander McQueen’s flirtation with taxidermy, anyone?). But until a joint O2 and Royal College of Art competition last month, few had tried to create threads inspired by tunes. First prize went to RCA Fashion & Textiles students Christopher Glaister and Michelle Shakallis (pictured) for their knitted accessories. Barcodes integrated into the products trigger music when scanned by a mobile phone. O2, keen to show how products such as its new Digital Music Player ‘give users access to the best music wherever and whenever’, must have been ecstatic.

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