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Fort William designer wins Scottish Style award

14 November 2013

A Lochaber born designer has won the Womenswear Designer of the Year category sponsored by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) at the Scottish Style Awards 2013.

Judy R Clark, 29, currently works between Edinburgh and her home town of Fort William. She is quickly becoming renowned for her couture creations which intertwine Harris Tweed, vintage lace and reams of silk. Colourful garments are created by Judy using cloth hand-woven by her uncle Donald who has a loom in Shawbost, Isle of Lewis.

Judy said: "I was delighted to the win the award. This prestigious accolade is a spring board that will hopefully help move things in the right direction.”

After graduating from university with a fashion degree, Judy worked as an intern with the late Alexander McQueen where she learnt so much about design and fashion.

She has produced a bespoke collection for musician Emeli Sandi and also recently made clothes for Judy Murray and Fiona Hyslop MSP.

Janice Wallace from HIE who presented the award, said: “We are delighted to support the Scottish Style Awards which recognises Scotland’s hottest fashion talent before they break through wider commercial success. It is great that a designer from the Highlands won the accolade and Judy R Clark is sure a name to watch out for.”

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