A Dalkeith designer’s dementia-themed fashion range, inspired by her grandmother and great-grandmother, is up for a Scottish Fashion Award.
Nadia Pinkney (22) has been nominated in the graduate of the year category, with the ceremony taking place in London tomorrow (October 21).
For her degree submission, Nadia created a fashion collection called Remember Me Knot – inspired by the most common form of dementia, Alzheimer’s – in tribute to her relatives who both suffered from the condition.
She said: “I’m looking forward to it. I’m a little bit nervous because obviously there are other awards with the biggest names in the fashion industry competing. I’m sure it will be exciting. It’s such an honour just to go.
“The important thing is to enjoy the night and meet people in the industry.
“It’s like a networking event as well as about awards. Vivienne Westwood is normally there and I know some design houses are looking at what the graduates can offer so it’s kind of about employment opportunities as well.
“It’s an honour to be nominated because of what the collection is all about. When I started off a lot of people were quite negative about it and didn’t understand where I was going to take it.
“For me it’s raising awareness of the disease and the scarf part of the range is raising money for Alzheimer’s Scotland, £500 so far.”
Nadia graduated in June from Heriot Watt University and after her range impressed an industry panel, which included Allan Scott of Johnstons of Elgin, she landed a design assistant role with the firm, based in Hawick.
To purchase one of her charity scarves, go to www.nadiapinkney.com/shop.