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Claire McInally set for New Designers Show
Jun '10
Claire McInally, a hot new textiles designer from Scotland showcases her latest collection at the prestigious New Designers Show in London from 1 July 2010.

Exhibiting alongside 39 other 'ones to watch' Claire will unveil her latest textiles collection of silk printed scarves and a silk and chiffon mix pleated dress. A continuation of her graduate collection, which was snapped up by high street store Oasis last year and is in store now, the new range is inspired by architectural forms and three dimensional design.

The scarves and dress incorporate delicate pleats and folds within the fabric which creates a 3-D effect in the print while the fabric still remains delicate and feminine.

As she puts the finishing touches to her collection Claire said: “The New Designers event is a key show on the industry calendar, showcasing a diverse range of UK talent. It is a privilege to be invited to exhibit as one of only 40 selected designers who have been in the business for a year. There will be a host of industry professionals in attendance looking at our collections, so hopefully I will impress them.”

Now in its 25th year, New Designers has established a longstanding reputation for bringing young design talent and business together, helping thousands of graduates and young designers propel their careers.

The 24 year old from Tollcross, Glasgow has celebrated great success over the past year and hopes this exhibit will enhance her career even further: “The last year has been amazing. Working with Oasis on my collection has helped me focus on what direction I want to take my textiles career. At this event I will unveil my new collection of embroidered scarves as well as showcasing my Oasis range so people can see how I have developed.

“Scotland has a long tradition of producing international respected designers and products and I am proud that I have created my own unique style – a mix of traditional weaving with contemporary design –

Claire will also be showing leather samples – a sneak preview to a new collection of printed and pleated leather textiles which will be available to purchase online soon.

Cathy Black, head of textiles, Scottish Enterprise said: “This is an excellent opportunity for Claire to showcase her newest collection and how far she has developed as a designer in just one year. Claire's use of traditional weaving techniques with modern aesthetics has established her with a signature, unmistakeable style which has already brought her great success. It is encouraging to see young designers using the long established textiles crafts, for which Scotland is famous, in contemporary design. Claire is an inspiration to all up and coming designers in Scotland and we hope many more will follow in her successful footsteps.”

New Designers 2010 will take place at the Business Design Centre in Islington from 1 to 11 July. With a host of industry, media, trend predictors buyer as well as the general public, New Designers is seen as an invaluable springboard for all who exhibit.

The event will open more doors for the promising Scot with visitors able to purchase and commission directly at the event.

Scottish Textile Industry Association (STIA)

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