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My Ford Car Dress!

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Pic – Andy Barr/andybarr.com

Pic – Andy Barr/andybarr.com

Pic – Andy Barr/andybarr.com

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Challenge: Make a dress
out of car parts for Ford Motor Company.

Time limit: 1 Week

Materials: Various car
parts from a Ford Focus, Tweed, Lace, Leather, Silk Chiffon, Spray-paint.

Photographer: Andy Barr

Model:  Miss Scotland
2011, Jennifer Reoch


The parts arrived in two big boxes;
I unpacked all the components which covered the studio floor. Game on! Car
keys, radio players, dash board functions, rear lights, car seat covers, window
buttons, lighter functions, circular gizmos and gadgets aplenty!

back of the dress – the ‘engine’ – comprises of all the small components
stitched into a small crinoline type bustle.

massive red rear lights were a bit of a challenge; I sawed of the back section
with a hack saw to shed some bulk and weight, then drilled holes in top
section  attaching wire and kilt straps. so they could be clipped on and off.
I attached the lights and the entire bustle to an industrial sized leather belt
to carry the weight.

Using the
cover of a car seat, HTH tweed and a bit of spray-paint leather and lace I
constructed the biker jacket. My younger sister and I had a pair of pliers and
a screwdriver in hand pulling bits apart to access the circuit boards and
wires finding pieces that were a suitable sizes and weight to attach to the
jacket. It’s a great shape with a sexy edge.The needle of the speedometer on the back moves round so yo can choose what speed to go at! Underneath the jacket a tweed, gauze
and chiffon corset appliqued with copper wire nips in the waist.

dyed layers of silk chiffon inspired by the colour of diesel, the fabric
mimicking the flow of fuel. The contrast of feminine soft layers with that
of industrial car mechanics was something I wanted to encapsulate.

only asked for a dress but I could not resist making the whole outfit. Do you think
Lady Gaga would be interested? One for her next video perhaps….

enjoyed making this one!

Harris Tweed Book

Lara Platmans new book ‘From Land to Street’ is published
to coincide with celebrations marking the centennial year of the Harris
Tweed Orb. Lara spent a year with the farmers,mill workers, weavers and tailors to capture the essence of all that is Harris Tweed. The fashion pages feature the work of designers using the iconic fabric and
I am happy to say Judy R Clark features alongside some of the worlds renowned
fashion labels such as Vivienne Westwood and Paul Smith. The book is out now!

Frockcoats and feathers hit the Tea Room Boutique!

Tea Room Boutique will
be stocking a limited range of my Harris Tweed womenswear designs from next
week. The pieces include my signature style; frockcoats, feathers and lace!

The independent boutique
sells ethical clothing and accessories from some of the hottest Eco designers
in the UK, US and Europe. So if you are south of the border, drop by for an
afternoon of high tea and exclusive shopping at this unique shopping destination.


The tea room is by appointment
only so be sure to book!

Tea Room Boutique.

Ms Grey Scott Jacket. Hat,William Chambers.Image,Life In Frame.

The Gaelic Frock Coat @ Harvey Nichols

A trio of Harris Tweed celebrates ‘Wool Week’ at Harvey Nichols.

Outfits include designs by  my own label Judy R Clark alongside fellow Scottish designers Joyce Paton and Claire Hamilton. The garments represent a range of distinctive womenswear design using the iconic fabric. 

I selected the Gaelic Frock Coat  to be part of the presentation  in store as it represents the diversity of the fabric,the frock coat feature’s
unique embroidery by Tiger Textiles and is one of my personal favourites.  The frock coat has been showcased in
New York, Japan, and Glasgow and we are very pleased to see it alongside
some  of the world’s most exclusive fashion brands at Harvey Nichols.

The Harris Tweed display can be see on the 2nd floor womenswear department celebrating ‘Wool Week’ from the 5th-11th of September.

For more info on all things wool check out The Campaign for Wool.

Some more photos to follow from in store….

A Tale of Tweed – Urban Outfitters Showcase, Glasgow

Thursday went
really well, great turn out, tasty cakes and some wine to help it all go down!

The exhibition
includes my collection of Harris Tweed wears, fashion illustrations and items
from around my studio which gives an insight into my design process. I shot some new pieces with photographer Anna Olszewska   last week..check out the results in store!

Wall hangings from
Tiger Textiles adorn the back wall showcasing Alison Macleod’s
talents in free hand embroidery and print skills which you often see in our
collaborative work. Alison and I have worked together over the past few years;
we met at Nesta in 2008 and have since formed a great friendship and business

You can read more about our collaborative
work below…

down and have a look the exhibition runs for 8 weeks.

Christines Clarks Artwork!
Urban Outfitters

A little bit about or collaborative work…..

Alison Macleod sends me tweed panels embroidered with the Gaelic language
telling stories
which are inspired by her native
Hebridean heritage, Gaelic culture and natural surroundings. Using this
inspiration, Alison embroiders lengths of Harris Tweed with designs that
compliment the traditional cloth. Through delicately stitching Gaelic songs and
poems in the tweed, she is telling the story of where the cloth is from and
promoting the culture in a modern way. She sends me her embroidered fabrics to
Edinburgh to incorporate into my designs. We named our first collaboration
‘The Gaelic Frock Coat’

From the Herald when The Gaelic Frock Coat was first created!

Gaelic Frock Coat made it s debut at the Scottish Style Awards and has since
traveled internationally gracing the catwalks of Japan for the ‘Tweed goes to
Tokyo’ exhibition, New York at ‘Dressed to Kilt’ and also at ‘Sachs on Fifth
Avenue’.  The jacket also represented the winners of textile manufacturer
of the year, Harris Tweed Hebrides, at the Scottish Fashion Awards at Stirling

I have
made a number of frockcoats that feature Alison’s embroidery; they give the
jackets more meaning, a different edge, people like to hear the journey about where the
garments come from. 

Tiger Textiles – commission for loom shed

Tiger Textiles – we used this embroidered print on our Pheasant Feather bustle jacket.

The Gaelic Frock Coat – Images Jannica Honey.


The back panel of the frock coat
tells a story about a woman at a ceilidh dancing in a petticoat with high
heeled red shoes on. Alison has embroidered a poem in Gaelic through this very
tactile piece she made from felt, tweed and vintage fabrics. 

The jacket is also on display in Urban

Check out  Where I Make for more info about my studio in Edinburgh!

Photoshoot at the Botanics

A group of us went down to the Botanical Gardens to shoot
some work, it’s the first time I had met  the girls I was working with and
they were such a talented crew. Look forward to working with you all again
soon! The pictures featured in this months I-on Magazine, Glasgow.Get your copies soon! x

Judy R Clarks Ms Harris with Sally-Ann Proven headpiece

Ms Grey Scott – Judy R Clark with Oui accessories, dress H&M

Judy R Clark Lace Dress with Sally Ann  Proven Headpiece
Lilly Wiggler corset with Oui! Designs headpiece

Photographer: Anna Olszewska 

Stylist: Jess Wu

Make Up: Claire Luader – Hair Sophie Laidlaw

Model: Amrita Ahluwalia

Photographers Assistant: Trish Ward


Judy R Clark,

Oui! Designs

Lilly Wiggler

Sally Ann
Proven Millinery



New York 2011

Harris Tweed Orb Jacket and Hat – Headpiece Fabhatrix, Photograph Gerardo Jaconelli

successful year in NYC 2011!

We boarded the flight with much excitement; we
could not wait to be back in New York City!

We kick started the adventure with a trip to the
pop up shop to drop of our gear, followed by a 5am photo shoot the next day
,with photographer Gerardo Jaconelli, we took in the sights and
dressed the models with the Textiles Scotland team, a very long day but well
worth it!

Next day was fittings and chat back at pop up
shop – it was the main base for setting up meetings and talking to other
designers. Jan the stylist was upstairs dressing a host of famous faces who
came through the door. I am rubbish at spotting a celeb but hey ho they were
there never the less!

April 5th came and the eve of Dressed
to Kilt, the room was packed, there was a great atmosphere, lots of cheering
and a few whistles as models sauntered down the catwalk.

Billy Connolly was first on stage followed by my
own collection opening the show with a special Harris Tweed collection
celebrating the Centenary of the world-famous Orb. Delighted!The collection
featured Harris Tweed, velvets and vintage lace. The jackets also feature
beautiful embroidery by my partner in crime Alison Macleod of Tiger Textiles.
Her delicately embroidered panels are beautiful and make each piece so
completely unique.

A host of celebs then strutted their stuff
down the catwalk including Kiefer Sutherland, ‘Mr Big’ (Chris North) from Sex
& The City and Brian Cox who all enjoyed showing a bit of ‘cheek’ on
the runway! Paolo Nutini played an acoustic version of Caledonia, it was
simply gorgeous!

The other Scottish designers who’s outfits graced the Manhattan catwalk
included Glasgow label ten30, his new website has just launched! Alan digitally
prints and embroiders his cloth making elegant womenswear clothing.
He joined us for some good chat in Times Square and filled us in on his fashion
conquest. His wears will be available through the website soon. See more at www.ten3o.co.uk

Alan Moores ten30 collection.

Henrietta Ludgate, Haley Scanlan, Claire McInally, Di Gilpin, Strumpet and Pink
, Kiltpin and Iona Crawford also strutted some stuff on the runway. It was a pleasure to meet some friendly
faces in the Scottish fashion industry and celebrate our culture in true Scottish style.

Scottish Designers..

We all shared a space at this year’s pop up shop in the prestigious shopping
area of Madison Avenue. The designer reception at the pop up on April 6th  was fab, whisky cocktails flowed and canapés
nibbled. The setup was clean and classical and enjoyed by all who attended.

A big thank you to Textiles Scotland and to Fiona and Stewart for all their hard graft, they made it
a great evening and event for us all!

Our Harris Tweed designs on Scottish models Amy Mclleland, Nicola Mimnagh (Miss Scotland), Stephanie Williamson
Mark Hogarth shows off the Golden Orb to ccelebrateelbrate 100 years of the Harris Tweed orb.

 Art work by Alison is anyone need their chest painted!

New Yoik!
A seven man band on board the Textiles Scotland photo shoot, 10 including models!
Claire McInally dress bbeingshot at Brooklyn Bridge.

Amy Mclleland in our Harris Tweeds with Gerardo Jaconelli the photographer.

Pop Up Shop showing off Jackets, hats and AAlison’sembroidery!

AAlison’snew pal magic the dog wearing a Louis Vuitton collar..

Taxi !

to the airport..