Design and Product Development

Safer Custody Clothing: Designing Garments for Female Prisoners at Risk of Self-harm

  • Nicholas Hall (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Jane Ledbury (Manchester Metropolitan University)
  • Barbara Shepherd (Manchester Metropolitan University)


The 'Safer Custody Clothing' project offered by Her Majesty's Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS) to the Manchester Fashion Institute provided a unique collaborative learning experience for students, staff and industry professionals in relation to garment design, product development and in consideration of technical and manufacturing requirements. Five students on the MA Fashion Innovation programme completed a project redesigning clothing provided for female prisoners at risk of self-harm or in extreme distress situations. The project aimed to build an environment that fostered the students' control of their own learning; encouraging self-regulation, self-motivation and reflective practice. The project enhanced learner independence and confidence in their creative endeavours. Students were encouraged to embark on an independent journey of discovery that defined new ideas and generated a series of problems orientated goals.

How to Cite:

Hall, N., Ledbury, J. & Shepherd, B., (2017) “Safer Custody Clothing: Designing Garments for Female Prisoners at Risk of Self-harm”, International Textile and Apparel Association Annual Conference Proceedings 74(1).

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Published on
01 Jan 2017
Peer Reviewed