A design rebirth is happening in Scotland. The creative community is banding together to support one another and the rest of the world are taking notice.
This month Scotland Re:Designed selected several designers to showcase their work in Edinburgh.
For the next year the project will propel this work on a global stage raising awareness of these emerging designers.
Now, meet the people putting Scotland back on the fashion map . . .
The country’s creative talent is beginning to be noticed around the globe, especially in fashion
THIS years Scottish Fashion Award recipient of Young Designer of the Year, Jennifer Morris, embraces a sugary sweetness and romantic approach to her work. In an age where androgyny in design is zeitgeist Jennifer shuns this, standing strong and embracing femininity at her design core. Her charming collections have a dream like luminosity to them that comes from her mixture of tactile colour and texture.
LEITH-based Bebaroque are our rock stars of Scottish design. Their instantly recognisable pieces have graced the bones of pop royalty Beyonce and Lady Gaga and high fashion magazines clamber to feature their figure hugging garbs. These theatrical works of art cleverly bridge the wearability gap looking as sensational on stage as they do on the street. All collections are drawn, designed and embroidered by Chloe Patience and Mhairi McNichol within the bebaroque studio on Bernard Street. The finished products are then manufactured by hand here in Scotland.
Saunt and Sinner
IT HAS been quite a year for the Saunt and Sinner girl’s. One of Scotland’s newest design teams, the duo have smashed onto the Scottish fashion scene in a blaze of glory.
They have a lovely little bit of melancholy seeping through their exquisite collections with a healthy dollop of humour to counteract the darkness.
Their new collections are a treat for the eyes, the bold digital print sits pretty on silks. The large scale-like print is actually an image from a pigeon feather and each item is named after beloved Doo’s. Genius.
THE bright and beautiful hand drawn prints of Victoria Murdoch have taken kitsch and cuties into contemporary design.
Her use of colour is reminiscent of when Dorothy leaves the sepia tones of Kanas and steps into the Technicolor kingdom of Oz.
What is really clever about Victoria’s work is her union between simplistic sleek shillouttes to let her loud illustrations take centre stage.
THIS tartan mill deep in Selkirk would not be with us without the blood, sweat and tears of Edinburgh-based couple Nick Fiddes and Adele Telford. Established in the 1940s this artisan mill limped through the recession with closure inevitable. The couple stepped in early in 2011 and have taken the mill through a courageous resurrection using classic tartans in an utterly contemporary way. Their mixture of premium leathers and modern design let the tartan they create at the mill sing in a very current setting.