Melody Uyanga Ramsay, is a 2020 graduate from the Glasgow School of Art with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fashion Design. Alongside coursework she was also the Lead Representative for the School of Design and Deputy Warden at Blythswood House.
Born in rural Mongolia to a Mongolian Mother and Scottish Father, Ramsay uses her mixed-cultural heritage as a key reference in her work. She dissects the politics of aspiration, informed by fashion as an intuitive means to understanding identity constructs such as heritage.
Whilst studying at the Glasgow School of Art, Ramsay completed her placement in the Concept Design Department at Ralph Lauren in New York City, assisted in the facilitation of FENDI Roma; Artisans of Dreams and has exhibited at solo and group shows at The 75thRoyal Open, The Rozelle Estate, 16 Nicholson Street Gallery, The McLennan Galleries, COLAB and The Art School. Her work has appeared in editorials of publications such as Vogue Italia, LOVE Magazine, The Skinny, Glass Magazine, The National, The Metro and The Guardian.
Most recently she was selected to exhibit for the TATE Collective exhibition ‘Collection 2.0’, where her work was displayed on a billboard at the Brixton Academy, London. During the same month, she completed a creative residency with TikTok and Graduate Fashion Foundation in London, designing and crafting bespoke merchandise to gift to TikTok celebrities.
As you start to figure out her visual language; her rigorous process of conceptual research becomes evident as a form of figurative expression, transporting you with tailored British narratives and a homage to Mongolian horse-riding attire. This melting-pot of culture forces to overwhelm and define you. Through her critical theory research, she has developed a design process that involves a rich cross-pollination of sources, bringing together literary, material and visual charms.
Her graduate collection is presented as a meditation on heritage narratives; drawing upon the silhouettes of authoritarian dress in a transnational dialogue through mixed textiles, she moves across time and space by bringing these references under the global lens today.