Yoko Okuda design
Yoko Okuda design
 

06 Apr. 2010

A HIGHLAND AFFAIR

Winners of a fashion design competition organized by Scottish Development International and New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology were announced yesterday at a reception at The Norwood Club. A tearful Yoko Okuda claimed the top prize in the fashion design category, while Kecia Mortensen won in the interior design category of the contest titled “City Meets Country, Scotland Means Style.” The goal: to create evening-, day- and sportswear using high-quality Scottish textiles from firms such as Reid & Taylor, Johnstons, Lochcarron of Scotland, Calzeat & Co., Harris Tweed and Holland & Sherry. Interior design students were asked to create a penthouse suite for a luxury hotel in Edinburgh. Over 20 students entered the contest for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize and a trip to Scotland for the fashion design winner; a work placement at a New York city design firm for the interior design winner; and a spot on the “Dress to Kilt” runway. Runners-up and the recipient of the Creativity Award, Heajinb Myung, also received prizes ranging from $500-$750. Scotland’s Minister of Culture and External Affairs Fiona Hyslop, in attendance, spoke of Scotland as a “modern, progressive, European country” with a rich fashion heritage and integral role in making fashion what it is today, but was no less excited to see how American designers would apply Scottish textiles in a modern context. Of the textile sector, Sandra Murray, the Scottish couturier for British royalty and one of this year's competition judges, said she hoped that domestic manufacturers would find a way to accommodate lower volumes by fledgling designers.

—Tim Yap

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