Fashion range puts dementia on the catwalk

Dalkeith fashion student Nadia Pinkney (centre) with models wearing her collection
Dalkeith fashion student Nadia Pinkney (centre) with models wearing her collection

A fashion student from Dalkeith has created a range of dementia-themed clothes in memory of her grandmother and great grandmother.

For her degree submission, Nadia Pinkney (21), created a fashion collection inspired by Alzheimer’s called Remember Me Knot, in tribute to her relatives who both suffered from the mental illness.

Nadia’s work will also be on display at a catwalk event at Holyrood Palace as part of the Queen’s birthday celebrations on June 24,

She said: “I have been told there might be a Royal there. Anyone would be nice. But Kate Middleton would be one of my favourites. I know that her and the Queen have been to catwalk events in the past, so you never know.

“The entire project has been inspired by my own personal experience with Alzheimer’s and my lack of understanding towards it.

“It’s in memory of my gran and great gran. They both had Alzheimer’s disease. So I have been brought up with it, but I wanted to understand more about what happens to the brain when someone gets Alzheimer’s. It’s so personal to me. And it was important to get the message across and still be tasteful. I think I’ve done that.

“All six pieces in the collection have red in them. As in a brain scan, red represents where the brain has not been destroyed. That shows that the person is still there.”