Fashion Foundry is a new iniative, led by the CEO (www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk), to support up-and-coming Scottish fashion talents. The designers will be introduced to business and creative mentors to help grow and sustain their own labels. Ten of Scotland’s most promising fashion designers have been chosen from thousands of entries to take part in the creative business iniative. The scheme, which has been given £150 000 of funding from Creative Scotland (www.creativescotland.com), Wasps Studios (www.waspsstudios.org.uk) and Scottish Enterprise (www.scottish-enterprise.com) will allow the designers access to subsidised studio space at Wasps South Block in Glasgow. Wasps Studios is a charity that provides affordable studios to support artist and arts organisations. They currently house 650 artists and 22 arts organisations at 19 buildings across Scotland. Six of the Fashion Foundry designers will be based full time at the Glasgow studios, while the remaining will continue to work from their own spaces. I am very pleased to say that I have been selected for Fashion Foundry and Pea Cooper Millinery will be moving into her new studio space in a few weeks time! I’m delighted to be part of such a prestigious scheme as the quality of other candidates was really high. At the press launch last week I got to meet my fellow Fashion Foundry colleagues and even got to meet Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Cultural and External Affairs!
Born on this day 1904, Salvidor Dali was a prominent Spanish Surrealist painter best known for the striking and bizarre images in his work. Aswell as painting Dali collaborated with a range of other artists in a variety of media from film, sculpture and photography. He had a passion for luxury and an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behaviour. His eccentric manner and attention-grabbing public actions sometimes drew more attention than his artwork, much to the dismay of his critics. When I heard it was his birthday today it reminded me of my dissertation at college when I was studying Millinery. It was called ‘Surrealism in Fashion’ and I thoroughly enjoyed researching the topic.
Hades magazine is an international online fashion publication dedicated to providing a high-quality approachable platform to showcase emerging talent. Working with a team of budding entrepreneurs and artists, they aim to explore, seek out brilliance and leave no corner of the underworld uncovered! The magazine is published quarterly and the first issue features some of my S/S 12 collection and me being interviewed.
The past week in Pea Cooper Millinery world has all been centred around the world of photography.
First, my Autumn/ Winter 2011 collection gets shot for the first edition of Scottish Textiles (http://www.scottishtextiles.org/) brand new magazine (due to be released soon), then the same collection and a few other hats travel all the way to New York where they are being used in a photo shoot for Russian Vogue, with the fantastic Alexi Lubomirski (http://www.alexilubommirski.com/) taking the photos and Ekaterina Mukhina, Russian Vogue’s Fashion Director is organising it!