By Oliver Farrimond and Rebecca Jamieson
SCOTLAND’S hottest young fashion designers saw their work go on display yesterday at Edinburgh’s boutique Harvey Nichols store.
In a preview for the Edinburgh College of Art’s annual fashion show, models strutted their stuff down the aisles showing off the collections of the College’s graduating students.
Inspiration for the outfits on show range from British youth culture to the Victorian circus – and dreary April showers did not prevent the models from taking to the streets to show off their threads.
Malcolm Burkinshaw, head of fashion at ECA, said: “This is an exciting opportunity not only for our students, but for anyone who wants to see what’s new this season.
“We treat our students as innovators – their ideas are very original and I think that sets them apart from the crowd.
“Edinburgh College of Art graduates are thought of as very high calibre, and many go on to have successful careers both in Scotland and elsewhere.”
Malcolm, 34, added: “Fashion is everywhere – not just in our clothes.
“It’s hugely important as a statement of who we are, and that’s who our students are designing for.”
Four professional models were on hand to parade the outfits, which belong to a collection going on show at the Edinburgh College of Art fashion show in May.
The fashion show runs from Wednesday 6th May until the 9th, and is widely regarded as an un-missable date in the Capital’s cultural calendar.
Fashion student Sarah Martin, 21, said that she was proud to see her work go on display.
She said: “The fashion show is a great opportunity for us to show what we’ve been working on all year.
“It may be surprising to hear but all the fashion students are close friends, and it’s going to be very exciting to see everyone’s finished collections.”