Tweed goes wild!

Student designer Ellen Macdonald models her outfit which is set to take centre stage at New York's famous Tartan Week celebrations. 29/03/12
Student designer Ellen Macdonald models her outfit which is set to take centre stage at New York's famous Tartan Week celebrations. 29/03/12

It seems you can take the girl out of the Hebrides but you can’t take the Hebrides outta the girl.

And when it came to designing a dress for the Famous new York Fashion week, Ellen Dona MacDonald, whose grandparents both come from Lewis, took her inspiration from Harris Tweed and Scottish wildlife such as owls.

Nineteen year old Ellen, who is a second year Graphic Design student at Edinburgh Napier University, designed the Tweed inspired dress for a competition run by the University’s School of Arts and Creative Industries.

Her grandfather, William Macdonald formerly lived in South Dell, Ness, and her grandmother Marion Macdonald nee Macleod was born and brought up at Creaganan Gorm, Carloway.

It is this design that has seen her jet off to New York to take her seat at the star-studded ‘From Scotland with Love’ fashion show this month where her dress will be worn down the catwalk.

Ellen explained: “We were set the task of designing something that was reflective of Scotland. I took inspiration from the global success story of Harris Tweed and the country’s stunning wildlife.”

She added: “In combining these two elements, I also wanted the design to have a bit of edge and a punk-modernism feel, so included the leather-look tight bodice with a fuller skirt to get a really dramatic look.”

The dress consists of a two-piece ensemble with a net underskirt. The multi layered skirt is both dramatic and stunning with an array of different materials used including Tweed patchwork and printed animal patterns.

Picture courtesy of Katielee Arrowsmith and HE Media