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Fashion students' couture creations inspire boutique hotel uniforms

Staff at The Style Academy now have a bespoke new uniform thanks to the designs of the students.

The Style Academy avant-garde designs created by Gray's School of Art students
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A trio of students from Gray’s School of Art have proved their fashion credentials by creating one-off haute couture outfits that have inspired a range of uniforms for a boutique hotel experience.

Third year Fashion students were approached by Andrew Mellon, managing partner of The Style Academy, for help designing an avant-garde outfit using the company’s own tweed collection.

The students were then given a 45-day period to create the pieces following a design brief set by Mr Mellon. Students Rebecca Carter, Jemma Cheng and Jane Ferguson's collaborative efforts then saw their impressive pieces showcased to guests at the grand unveiling on April 7.

Influenced by The Style Academy’s surroundings in the picturesque Glenmuick House, Ms Ferguson took inspiration from the original features in the period house for her contribution to the design.

Ms Ferguson said: "When designing the avant-garde and work wear pieces I was inspired by the interiors and feel of Glenmuick House. The puff sleeve was influenced by an old fashioned metal radiator in one of the rooms and, of course, the antlers that are seen throughout the house."

The resulting garments that the trio concocted caused such a stir that the company used the girls' sketches and designs to create a uniform for staff to wear in an official capacity.

Style Academy Uniforms inspired by student designs

The students' designs inspired the official uniforms for staff at The Style Academy, using the same tweed fabric.

Mr Mellon is delighted with the newly inspired couture uniforms and believes they compliment the bespoke artisan workshop experiences on offer at The Style Academy to a tee.

He said: "We are very proud of The Style Academy uniform collection as we feel it represents our Scottish heritage, with a modern twist, perfectly.

"Jane, Jemma and Rebecca did an exceptional job designing the beautiful and high quality avant-garde items, in what was a fast-paced and challenging 45-day project."

Using a modern twist on traditional tweed, the burnt orange and duck-egg blue fabric supplied by Johnston's of Elgin was used to create billowing designs which were shot in stunning Scottish locations such as the Queen Elizabeth Suspension bridge at Cambus o’May.

Avant-garde dress designed by Gray’s School of Art students

The avant-garde puffball dress created by the fashion students was well received at the grand unveiling.

The designs, which were unveiled at an exclusive event on April 7, were well received by some 70 guests, including Karla Andrews, from The Scottish Fashion Awards, who spoke highly of the collection.

She said: "Jane, Jemma and Rebecca did a fantastic job, the pieces were beautifully made. They definitely have a bright future ahead of them."

Now, the colour combination has been transformed into wearable pieces for staff and the students couldn’t be happier.

Ms Cheng added: "I’ve always had a strong passion for fashion and want to become a successful fashion designer. This has motivated me to learn, be creative and gain lots of new designing experiences."

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