Former Mackie pupil nominated for prestigious fashion award

STONEHAVEN fashion student Sian Parker is in the running for a top award.
STONEHAVEN fashion student Sian Parker is in the running for a top award.

A STONEHAVEN student is celebrating after being nominated for a prestigious Scottish Fashion Award.

Former Mackie Academy pupil Sian Parker (21), who is currently in her final year as a Fashion Design student at Gray’s School of Art, is in the running for the Scottish Graduate of the Year Award – alongside three of her classmates, comprising half of all nominees in the category.

The nomination rounds off a successful year for the budding designer, who is due to graduate in July, after she was selected as a finalist in the Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers Design Award 2011, designing three classic looks made from tweed. 

Prior to her nomination, Sian submitted three designs from her honours project based on a re-branding of famed Italian fashion house, Valentino, providing images and sketches as well as a summary of her design philosophy.

She said: “My series of all-white garments features angular, geometric dresses made from a selection of heavier winter fabrics including faux suede and duchesse satin. The full collection of nine garments has been draped on a mannequin using pattern pieces which are shaped in all nine letters of the word ‘Valentino’.”

A firm fixture on the international fashion calendar, the Scottish Fashion Awards celebrates and showcases the very best of home-grown Scottish talent.

VIP guests will join MTV Presenter Laura Whitmore and an international fashion panel including leading journalist, Hilary Alexander, who recently visited Gray’s.

Sian added: “I’m thrilled to be nominated and also really pleased for my classmates. We are all very excited to be attending the Awards ceremony together which gives us a great opportunity to meet key fashion industry figures.”

Kim Eason, Head of Fashion and Textiles at the School, said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the nominations which reflects the quality of work being produced by students on our Fashion Design course.

“All four girls are very deserving and talented designers who I believe stand a great chance of winning, and will have a great time at the Awards mixing with the crème de la crème of Scottish fashion.”

Sian will attend the glittering awards ceremony in Glasgow on June 15 along with her classmates and fellow nominees Christina McIntosh (22) from Aberdeen, Carolyn Edmondson (23) from Kirkcaldy and Sarah Struthers (21) from Biggar, South Lanarkshire.

The fourth-year Fashion Design class will unveil their Degree Show Collections at two grand fashion shows on Thursday 2 and Friday 3 June at Aberdeen’s Academy Shopping Centre.