Firsts: a Collaboration
Before we delve into the stunning garment you see above, let’s start by introducing a few key players to this post:
1. Scotland Re:Designed. This project serves as a platform that brings Scottish fashion designers, manufacturers and textile companies can build, establish and secure new and ongoing business relationships.
2. Mandors. A fabulous fabric shop with locations in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. Beautiful textiles and knitting yarn too!
3. Cassandra Bellanger & The Stitchery Studio. Cassandra is a fashion designer based in Glasgow, and she also runs the Stitchery, where she teaches courses and workshops in dressmaking and design, pattern cutting and beginner sewing.
So Scotland Re:Designed and Mandors hosted a competition open to designers the enter their designs and have their work promoted. The lovely Cassandra won with her stunning design, and contacted me to collaborate with her on a hand-knitted collar.
Cass and I met up a few times to discuss her ideas and, and I did some planning and worked out the pattern for the collar, which was to be inserted into a the silk blouse.
I love how the collar is inserted into into the pleats. It’s such a lovely detail! The blouse is completed with a stunning tailored jacket. The fabric has been flocked with a beautiful floral pattern by textile artist Jo Faulkner.
The completed garment debuted at the Scotland Re:Designed launch party at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. The fashion show and launch was a very hot event and I had a great time mingling with so much Scottish talent! The party centred around the fashion show which featured designers and manufacturers that work with Scotland Re:Designed.
The fashion show was such a fabulous event. There is such great talent here in Scotland’s fashion industry, I am overwhelmed and very lucky to be involved in any capacity. Cassandra’s winning garment looked stunning on display, placed in a prime spot visible throughout the entire room.
Later, Mandors organised a photoshoot with the stunning Numba and photographer Chris James. Can you believe how gorgeous it is?
Working with Cass was a wonderful experience, and I’m so excited about the future projects that we have in the works! You can read more about Cassandra, Jo, myself and the competition on Mandor’s blog. A huge thanks goes out to them for organising and sponsoring the competition!
And if you’re local, don’t forget to check out her website for the fabulous classes and workshops she’s got on!