Here's me modelling the outfit in the photoshoot we had in the grounds of the House For An Art Lover before sending it to the organisers, who ran a competition for designers that were asked to submit new garments using Weaving Destination fabrics and which attracted entries from around the UK and India.
I entered a two-piece outfit - a crop-top and panelled skirt with chunky zips on the back and called Verda Mandarino (Esperanto for Green Mandarin) - with a matching clasp-frame bag using the same materials.
My inspiration for the two-piece outfit came from the Clyde Auditorium, which is reflected in the raglan sleeves and skirt panels shape.
However, whereas the Armadillo is sleek and industrial, I chose matching cotton fabrics - yellow striped and green - to give it a more feminine feel.
The lime green and yellow striped fabric matched together created a very summery, fresh and almost ‘fruity’ look. I like using different techniques and decided to decorate each panel of the dress with a line of glass Czech beads that resemble summer berries growing out of the fabric.
The fusion of a quite futuristic and modern-looking shape, traditional, folk-style cotton fabric and bead embroidery created an effect of a modern forest faerie or nymph.
How lucky I was that I was able to find two giant flowers to pick from the gardens at the House For An Art Lover. They were obviously a result of the wonderful Scottish summer we had!
Only joking. Both about the giant flowers, which are fake and came from a local shop and the Scottish summer, which was awful until the sun finally make an appearance in late September/start of October of all times!
Not only was the fashion show/competition a great cause but I won the vote for the best garment design using their fabric! We now have a fantastic picture hand painted by the show’s own art director, Nauman Qureschi, which was the first prize.
On my Facebook page <click> you can find more photos of the beautiful model presenting my design during the fashion show. For more photos and information visit also Weaving Destination page <click>.