Dedicated followers of fashion

A 'mannequin parade' staged by Darling's in 1963. Picture: TSPL
A 'mannequin parade' staged by Darling's in 1963. Picture: TSPL
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We have long been a city of trendsetters, following fashion in the most dedicated of ways.

With its many independent stores, Edinburgh shoppers have throughout the years enjoyed opportunities to bag something unique, as well as making the most of our many high street chains.

Fashion conscious bargain hunters were thrilled with the arrival of discount shopping giant Tk Maxx to Fort Kinnaird this week, adding to the chain’s popularity at existing sites across Edinburgh.

No doubt as the chilly weather approaches, so many fashion-followers excited about showing off a winter wardrobe – with Edinburgh as the perfect backdrop – will head to the new store.

Such excitement was the case for this model pictured in September 1965 at the Patrick Thomson’s fashion show in its North Bridge store, sporting the latest Sheraton coat with Napoleon collar, a season must-have for any Edinburgh woman that year.

Yet there was not a winter coat or snowy scene in sight when independent retailer Jane Davidson held a men only lingerie fashion show in the Grassmarket – despite it being held in December 1983.

Staged indoors, these models sported the latest underwear trends in time for Christmas, much to the delight it would seem of the male customers in attendance.

But it is not all about the adults, as seen here in this great picture of child model Fiona Ross, aged two, showing off the latest trends in children’s clothing at a fashion show at St Matthew’s Church, in Morningside, organised by local retailers in May 1968.

And in May 1964, a three-year-old Elaine Henderson took to the catwalk at Currie Primary School – a proud moment for family and friends.