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The Pulse Magazine

Warrior Queen

Gaelic Frock Coats features on the front page of The Pulse Magazine a  free monthly magazine published by the Scotsman

“Independent  Scottish designers dress a modern-day Mary Queen of Scots, roaming Linlithgow Palace caught between old home and new”

Photographer: Levi MacDonald
Stylist: Claire Stuart
HMU – Kaeleigh Wallace
Model: Tara Nowy at Model Team
Location: Linlithgow Palace

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!

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..

100 years of the Harris Tweed Orb Catwalk Show

If you didn’t know already Harris Tweed is celebrating the centenary year of the orb!

Alison Macleod of Tiger Textiles and I are co managing the fashion show with the chief executive of the Harris Tweed Authority Lorna Macaulay. We have been planning the event for the past few months now and cant wait to kick start the action on March 12th! The island will embrace the centenary year of the orb and all that is Harris Tweed!

We have a great range of British designers including Vivienne Westwood, Nigel Caborn, Henry Holland and top notch Scottish talent such as Joyce Paton, Iona Crawford and Deryck Walker.The ladies from Obscure Couture who are just back from London Fashion Week will also be producing a one off Harris Tweed outfit for the event in their own unique signature style! Local designers Netty Sopota, Laurie Stewart and Sally Jay Avis who are all natives of the Island are also collaborating in a range for the event.

The show will take place at An Lanntair Arts Centre on March 12th where Fred MacAuly will host an evening to remember; celebrating the centenary year and giving back to a community who have been producing the unique cloth for over one hundred years.

Watch this space and I will update with photographs from the event..exciting times!

In the mean time here are a few photos from my last trip where my tour guide Alison took me to visit Uncle Donald at his loom in Shawbost.

We went in for a cuppa and met their Neighbour.

The Butt of Lewis!


The Islanders and the Orb

I met a man in Harris Tweed

As I walked down the Strand;

I turned and followed him like a dog

The breath of hill and sea and bog

That clung about that coat of brown,

And suddenly, in London Town,

I heard again the Gaelic speech,

The scrunch of keel on shingly beach;

The traffic’s never-ending roar

Come plangent from a shining shore;

I saw the little lochs where lie

The lilies, white as ivory;

And tumbling down the rocky hills

Came scores of little foaming rills,

I saw the crofter bait his line,

The children herding yellow kine,

The barefoot woman with her creel,

The washing-pot, the spinning wheel,

The mounds thrown up by patient toil,

To coax the corn from barren soil.

With buoyant step I went along

Whistling a Hebridean song

That Iain Og of Taransay

Sang one enchanted day.

I was a man renewed indeed

Because I smelt that Harris Tweed

As I went down the Strand.