Siobhan Mackenzie – Scotland
Piece Title: Greyfriars Romance
Siobhan is a First Class BA Honours Fashion Design and Production graduate. Born and raised in the Highlands of Scotland, she used her Highland roots and her clan, Mackenzie, as the inspiration for her Graduate Collection where she designed and manufactured five full dress contemporary kilt outfits and one woman’s statement tartan gown. This led her to winning the ‘Lectra Kaledo Style’ award. She then undertook a six month internship at Glenisla Kilts where she learnt the art of bespoke kilt making. After graduating, she started her own business in bespoke and contemporary kilts. Her current collection has been showcased at The Royal Highland Show 2014 and will also feature in the next Dressed to Kilt fashion show in New York.
Siobhan’s design combines the Greyfriars Tartan with unconventional romantic fabrics such as lace and velvet. For the ladies’ designs, she has opted for fitted, feminine and elegant styles whilst incorporating her trademark tailoring and contrast kilt elements into the designs. For the gent’s designs, she has again used her trademark contrast pleat elements and replicated the Scottish saltire with tartan on the backs of the kilt pleats.
Her inspiration began with analysing the Greyfriars Tartan and researching how she could create a distinctive collection of designs incorporating it. She began fabric investigations and was inspired by the use of combining textures with the tartan, which led her to incorporate lace and velvet into the designs. Siobhan is inspired by pushing the boundaries and using lace within the male designs which creates an unconventional approach. As Siobhan’s company specialises in contemporary kilts, her aim and passion is to use tartan in non-conventional ways and move it forward into the 21st century. Entering this competition meant she would have a platform to show off her designs and the concept behind her brand; which is her enthusiasm for keeping Scottish heritage alive and progressing within the fashion world.