Two up-and-coming young Scottish designers are celebrating a double win at Greyfriars Tartan Fashion Show, taking first and third prizes for their stunning creations.
FIRST PLACE – SIOBHAN MACKENIZE
Siobhan Mackenzie was awarded first prize for her gentleman’s kilt, which replicated the Scottish saltire in tartan on the backs of the kilt pleats. A First Class BA Honours Fashion Design and Production Graduate, Siobhan now lives in Glasgow but was born and raised in the Highlands. It was her unconventional use of romantic fabrics such as lace and velvet that so impressed the judges, as well as the strength of Siobhan’s business model which aims to bring Scottish dress into the 21st century.
Siobhan says: “I am truly honoured to be given such a prestigious award and to have my hard work recognised is an incredible feeling. I firmly believe something as beautiful as the kilt and tartan should be progressed with the fashion world, and as a Young Scottish Designer I work diligently in order to try and achieve this.”
SECOND PLACE – KERRI PLUMTREE
Second place was awarded to English designer Kerri Plumtree for her quirky sleeveless dress with structured collar, which was inspired by metaphysics. The judges felt her creative use of cutting deserved second place.
Kerri says: “Fashion has given me focus and purpose, and in many ways has saved me from myself. To be given the opportunity to use my skills and create something using the beautiful Greyfriars Tartan, and for such a worthwhile cause, has been an honour and a privilege. Thank you for recognising the talent within me and presenting me with this award.”
THIRD PLACE – FIONA MUIRHEAD-KERR
Scottish designer Fiona Muirhead-Kerr took third place for her beautiful military style hat covered in Greyfriars Tartan and embellished with ostrich feather and a complimentary brooch. Fiona’s inspiration comes from Scottish military millinery and she recently set up her own business Ms Muirhead Millinery. She also works as a part-time art teacher at Aboyne Academy in Aberdeenshire.
Fiona says: “I am thrilled to have won this award as the standard and prestige of this competition reinforces my confidence in pursuing my love of fashion and millinery; for myself, my business and Grassmarket Community Project. Through my work as a teacher I know how empowering creativity is, and I look forward to furthering the amazing aims of Grassmarket Community Project.”
Last night’s fashion show was a huge success, with over 150 guests attending to see Greyfriars Tartan designs submitted from across the world including Indonesia (Jakarta) and India, as well as Scotland, England and Wales.
The unique Greyfriars Tartan was designed by a member of Grassmarket Community Project, a social enterprise based in Edinburgh’s Grassmarket where vulnerable local people (members) can be part of a community, develop new skills and self-confidence, and become more employable. The tartan is officially registered and used to teach members textiles skills. They learn to create a range of handmade products, as well as gaining other valuable skills such as team work and punctuality.
Katerina Faulds, Greyfriars Tartan Sales Manager at Grassmarket Community Project, said: “We have been overwhelmed at the response to the competition and it has been so exciting to see the diverse and creative designs on display tonight. Congratulations to our three talented winners and huge thanks to our sponsors, the judges and everyone who has helped make the event such a special one.”