Leith firm hope to make tights for Kylie Minogue

Kylie Minogue. Picture: Jane Barlow
Kylie Minogue. Picture: Jane Barlow
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Leith-based fashion label Bebaroque is in the running to provide costumes for Kylie Minogue’s forthcoming Kiss Me Once tour.

The eye-catching creations have been worn by the likes of Katy Perry, Courtney Love and Kate Moss.

Mhairi McNicol's Bebaroque firm has provided tights embellished with Swarovski crystals for Beyonce, and now the fashion label hopes to kit out Kylie Minogue

Mhairi McNicol's Bebaroque firm has provided tights embellished with Swarovski crystals for Beyonce, and now the fashion label hopes to kit out Kylie Minogue

The business was launched seven years ago by designers Mhairi McNicol, 30, and Chloe Patience, 33, who met at Glasgow School of Art.

Attracting interest from stylists and buyers, they decided to join forces to promote their distinctive pieces, which extended to include bodysuits, dresses and even shoes.

The pair secured £10,000 of funding and launched at London Fashion Week in July 2007, before twice winning the Scottish Fashion Awards’ accessory designer of the year prize.

They soon found their products stocked by high-end stores such as Selfridges, Liberty and Harrods, and it was in the latter that Lady Gaga’s stylist spotted their work.

The eccentric pop star then wore their Anastasiya 
Bodysuit and leggings at the Philip Treacy show at London Fashion Week in 2012, revealing the items underneath a see-through pink burka.

Ms McNicol said they had no idea beforehand that she had chosen to wear the items, and there have been several more “pinch me” moments, such as when they visited the offices of Vogue in New York.

“We were going up the Conde Nast Building in the lift and it was incredible – like something from The Devil Wears Prada,” Ms McNicol said. “It was so surreal – one of the best moments.”

It’s certainly a long way from Leith, which Ms McNicol says is a great base and keeps their feet on the ground – while they are on the phone to the likes of Michelle Obama’s 
stylist Meredith Koop or Johnny Wujek, who works with Katy Perry.

Their pieces use intricate detail to bold, attention-grabbing effects, making them a natural fit for celebrities.

After being contacted by Kylie’s people for her Showgirls tour – being asked to provide fringed tights and stockings – they also provided tights embellished with Swarovski crystals for Beyonce, which were used in a promotional video for her tour earlier this year. A sparkly bodysuit was sported by singer Ellie Goulding on one of her album covers, and Bebaroque items are also a regular in fashion magazines.

Ms McNicol said that despite the fashion industry’s intimidating image, they have actually found most people to be very approachable.

“It’s been great – we’ve met so many really interesting people along the way,” she said. “Everyone’s been really lovely, especially in Scotland, and we’ve been able to collaborate with really cool people.”

She said there was a great buzz from seeing a celebrity wearing a Bebaroque piece, but added: “I get really excited when I’m out and about in Edinburgh and I see someone wearing our tights.”