Fashion and Textile Design

Catherine Macdonald

This graduate fashion womenswear collection is by Isle of Lewis born, Catherine Macdonald who was inspired by her own Hebridean heritage. Hebridean women in her family were hard-working women, many of whom worked as ‘Herring Girls’ who wore voluminous, layered aprons and skirts which influenced the silhouette of her collection. Her family were once lace makers which influenced more feminine and delicate design details.

She used Harris Tweed, which is native to the Outer Hebrides, throughout the collection, not only due to its historical and personal connection to the Islands, but its handmade and sustainable ethos. She wanted to use a traditional textile in an unconventional way and advocate for Scottish heritage and tradition, while also designing contemporary garments.

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