Grassmarket Tartans Fashion Show
In March we hosted the Greyfriars Tartan Fashion show 2015, which was a huge success. We are currently in the process of making plans for the Grassmarket Tartans Fashion Show 2016! Watch this space for news in the next few weeks.
Greyfriars Tartan Fashion Show 2015
The 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.”
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.”
Meet The Designers
Diana Conac, Romania
Piece Title: Glamorous Tartan
Diana describes herself as being addicted to fashion and all its creations. She fell in love with fashion in high school, even though she believes that the fashion industry in Romania is not as developed as it could be. She achieved her Master’s degree in Fashion Design from The West University of Timisoara. Her greatest achievement since then is the special award she received in Japan for a fashion project competition, which was awarded by the French designer Pierre Cardin and Japanese designer Hanae Mori. She has also participated in various fashion events in Romania such as Bucharest Fashion Week, Iasi Fashion Week and Timisoara Fashion week where she launched her fashion collections.
Hanin Nabilla Nurrahmani – Indonesia
Piece Title: Through Time
Hanin, aged just 15, is from Yogyakarta, in Indonesia, and is a pupil at Senior High School. Her hobbies are playing piano, drawing, reading, photography, listening to music and watching movies. Hanin has never studied fashion design but taught herself from reading books and searching the internet. The Greyfriars Design Competition is her second fashion design competition after previously entering the St. Andrew’s Young Designer Awards.
Lauren Wakelam – England
Title Piece: Structured Heritage
Lauren is an undergraduate student in the final year of her Honours degree in fashion studies at the University of Derby. While at university, she has gained many skills including pattern cutting, manufacturing, CAD design, illustration and print. She has recently worked two internships with George at ASDA and New Look. Whilst working for these companies she gained various skills as well as having the opportunity of working within the fashion industry and exploring how both companies work. Fashion is her main interest as she feels that it continuously develops and, for Lauren, it demonstrates the statement of empowerment that fashion has on the world.
Lorraine Tranter – England
Piece Title: Wedding dresses for those on a budget2
After leaving school at 16, Lorraine worked in a factory producing uniforms for the military. After returning to education, she achieved her Master’s Degree in Art and Design. She then set up her own business, where she carries out restoration work on military uniforms, clothing dating from the Victorian period, and modern-day repairs, while also making wedding dresses. Her mother taught her how to knit and sew as a child and Lorraine has been making and designing clothes for herself ever since.
Zoe MacQueen - Scotland
Zoe is currently studying a six month course in fashion design and pattern construction at the Jacqui Burke Fashion School in Dunbar. Her interest in fashion, design and sewing began when she studied fabric and fashion at grammar school. After leaving school she purchased her own sewing machine and made clothes for herself and her two children.
Kimberly Irvine – Scotland
Piece Title: Tartan Army
Kimberly is in her final year studying fashion technology at Cardonald College in Glasgow. After she completes her studies her dream is to attend Heriot-Watt University’s fashion campus. She spends most of her spare time making garments for herself, friends and family, which has also gained her other customers and resulted in people becoming familiar with her work. Kimberly is willing to do whatever it takes to make it in the fashion industry as it has been a dream of hers since a young age.
Jessica-Jane Wearing - Scotland
Piece Title: Patron Tartan
Jessica-Jane is currently studying fashion at Heriot-Watt University. At 18 years old, she describes herself as young and innovative and as someone who tries to look at everything with an open mind. Jessica-Jane grew up and became determined and self-disciplined which led to her knowing what she wanted to do from a young age. She comes from a creative background, having played five musical instruments, and is also a figure skater. Jessica-Jane always uses organic fashion in some form within her work. Whether it is in the form of shapes, prints, moods, colours or a starting/finishing point, organic fashion will be linked in, even though sometimes it is not obvious to the eye.
Emiah Elliott – Wales
Piece Title: Steel Blossoms
Emiah is in her second year studying Fashion Apparel Design and Construction at the University of Wales, Trinity Saint David. Emiah describes herself as a creative person after studying art, graphic design and textiles in school, and she would like to work in a challenging and creative environment where she can use her artistic skills. She loves fashion design as it provides her with an opportunity to transform the human form into a work of art.
Senial Jaishani – England
Piece Title: Scottish Androgyny
Senial is currently studying a Masters in Fashion Design at the University of Southampton and enjoys studying art and design. Originally from India, Senial loves Indian craft and tries to incorporate her learning from previous experiences into all of her designs.
Fiona Muirhead-Kerr – Scotland
Piece Title: Military Style 1, Flower of Greyfriar, Military Style 2
Fiona graduated from Gray’s School of Art with a first class honours degree in Fine Art (Printmaking) in 2002. Then, in 2009, she completed a PGCE in Art and Design. She currently works part-time as an art teacher at Aboyne Academy and has also recently set up her own business “Ms Muirhead Millinery”. She specialises in vintage inspired fascinators and headpieces and has a love and passion for creativity and self-expression through millinery. She was a finalist in Scotland’s first wearable art competition in Dundee (October 2014).
Kerri Plumtree - England
Piece Title: Lifting the Veil
Kerri is a part time undergraduate studying fashion at the University of Lincoln. She currently spends her time volunteering on university open days, meeting and greeting prospective students and telling them all about the fashion course. She is also a regular contributor to MyStudentStyle.com, writing weekly articles.
Shruti Grover - India
Piece Title: Inno-Tartan-Vative
Shruti is an undergraduate in her final year studying fashion design at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in India. Shruti loves to experiment with new fabrics and that is what her graduation collection is going to be about. She is extremely passionate about her work and wants to get into the fashion industry as soon as possible. She loves experimenting and exploring with new fabrics and dyeing techniques, surface developments or treatments on fabrics.
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.