Art student’s look is hit at Jeans for Genes

Rachel Hill models her T-shirt. Picture: Scott Taylor

Rachel Hill models her T-shirt. Picture: Scott Taylor

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CHIC garments created by a budding fashion designer will be worn by some of Britain’s most glamorous women after she scooped top prize in a national competition.

Student Rachel Hill’s bird-stencilled T-shirt wowed a panel of judges, including X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger and footballer’s wife Coleen Rooney, to clinch the design contest.

The round-neck garment featuring two birds linked by a double helix chain – similar to magnified DNA bonds – will go on sale later this month raising money for the Jeans for Genes campaign which promotes awareness of genetic disorders affecting children in the UK.

Style icons Tessa Hartmann, founder of the Scottish Fashion Awards, and actress Jaime Winstone have also pledged to wear the garment.

Rachel, 22, from Marchmont, said: “I’m really happy it was chosen and excited to think there’ll be some really big names wearing it.

“I chose to feature birds in my design because they are a symbol of hope and freedom, and I wanted to celebrate
the positive impact Jeans for Genes has on the lives of so many children and families.”

Rachel has recently completed a four-year course in illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, designing everything from book sleeves to exhibitions. Her work has been showcased across the world. However, she said supporting the Jeans for Genes charity ranked amongst her highest achievements.

A spokeswoman for the charity praised the eye-catching design and said it would help provide vital funds.

“This is set to be worn by celebrities including Nicole Scherzinger, Sam Faiers [The Only Way is Essex],
Caggie Dunlop [Made in Chelsea] and Coleen Rooney.

“The T-shirt is the must-have ‘fashion with a conscience’ item for the summer.”

She added: “Our charity T-shirt is a hugely important part of our campaign and Rachel’s design perfectly captured the message of Jeans for Genes, with her use of the double helix that exists in genetics, combined with seasonal 
colours.

“She is a fantastic young designer and we would like to encourage everyone to support her and Jeans for Genes Day 2014 by heading out and buying their own T-shirt for Jeans for Genes Day, on 
September 19.”

kate.pickles@edinburghnews.com