Mysteries of Culloden - S/S 2020


This collection derives from the Jacobite rebellion and battle of Culloden, The collection takes the Heather and earth muted tones of the battlefield at Culloden, using cut up and used upcycled pieces of tartan fabrics, tweeds which are mixed up and sewed together to represent the coming together of the clans that fought at the battle of Culloden (some of whom fought against each other) and aftermath of the battle when tartan was banned. I have also incorporated and interwoven real heather, pheasant feathers and ribbons. For the structure of the the fabrics, I looked to scottish Artist and architect Rennie Macintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald to the structural works they created.
The clan system was abolished after the battle of Culloden in 1746 which the mixture of tartans together also represents the loss of the clans at the time. Later to populised by George the IV And Queen Victoria to the modernity of tartan today.

This collection is a translation into life form of my thesis subject I wrote whilst being a student at Middlesex university and my heritage. And a continuation of my A/W 2019 collection clash of the clans shown at Fashions Finest in February 2019. 

Images below at Fashions Finest Showcase September 2019 during London Fashion week
Photo Credits
John Garrett