The only Scottish student to feature a design at this year’s Dressed to Kilt fashion show will fly to the Big Apple next week to see her show-stopping outfit make its catwalk debut.
Victoria Cameron, 20, a second year graphic design student at Edinburgh Napier University, will join thousands of people, including a long list of A-list celebrities, press, TV crews and photographers from across the globe and of course 2,000 Scottish pipers, to celebrate the world’s biggest salute to Scottish fashion and culture, outside of Scotland.
The contemporary dress, a modern take on the traditional tartan attire, will be worn by a catwalk model down the Dressed to Kilt runway. The design seizes Dressed to Kilt’s 2010 theme of ‘Mad for Scotland’ and has been created using a silk woven version of the Edinburgh Napier red, black and blue tartan against purple tweed. The dress has a red silk under lining and will be accessorized with a black studded belt and black studded shoes.
Victoria, from Linlithgow, designed the dress as part of a class competition set up by the university and world wide recognised kilt makers Kinloch Anderson, the university’s Tartan Week partner. The dress has been created by Stephen Purvis – the Glaswegian tailor who has made outfits for the likes of Franz Ferdinand and the Royal Scottish Ballet performers. A male tartan outfit has also been designed and created by Kinloch Anderson using the Ramsay tartan which compliments the Edinburgh Napier tartan.
Victoria Cameron, creator of the design and a second year graphic design student at Edinburgh Napier University said: “I am so excited that this dream has become a reality. New York is definitely ‘where it’s at’ in the fashion world. Fantastic city, fantastic event and fantastic opportunity for me, I’m just delighted.
“What started out as a few sketches around seven months ago have now been transformed into a living, breathing outfit. It is wonderful for me to see my design brought to life by Stephen Purvis and I just can’t wait to see it on the catwalk! I’d like to give special thanks to the Edinburgh Napier University Development Trust, the grant they awarded has made my trip to New York possible.”
Alex Gilkison, head of the school of Arts and Creative Industries at Edinburgh Napier University said: “We are tremendously excited to participate in this wonderful event and so proud that one of our students is going to feature so prominently.
“It’s been an incredible project to be involved with. We are just delighted for Victoria and special thanks go to the Dressed to Kilt team, Stephen Purvis and Kinloch Anderson, for making it all possible.”
Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll, the Peebles born chairman and founder of ‘Dressed to Kilt’ said: “We are very pleased to be showcasing Victoria’s design which encapsulates this year’s theme of Mad for Scotland. We see real potential for Victoria as a designer and are looking forward to seeing this dress make its catwalk debut. We look forward to welcoming the Edinburgh Napier team this weekend.”
Victoria’s Dressed to Kilt creation will also grace the Friends of Scotland “Pop-Up Shop” – a dedicated exhibition to display the finest designs from Scotland, it will run from the 20th March to 12th April at a prestigious Madison Avenue address.
Some of the models and judges attending the Dressed to Kilt event will include Canadian actor Mike Myers, Scottish TV personality Carol Smillie, and Scottish Actor Alan Cumming (OBE).
Representatives from Edinburgh Napier will attend a number of high-status events to build on their international connections. The university has had an enormous amount of backing and support for its involvement with Tartan Week. Honorary Graduate and Edinburgh Napier Alumnus, Councillor Eric Milligan, will host the university’s first ever event in New York on the 6th of April to celebrate Tartan Day.