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Is Judy Clark bringing Tweed to the 21st century?


Designer Judy Clark has brought a whole new look to Tweed. One of Scotland’s most highly acclaimed designers, having recently won the prestigious style awards for best womanswear designer. Bringing a new vintage and cutting edge twist which has made an impression on current popular culture, using vintage material’s to create a modern day look.

Clark is famed for her exquisite hand tailored womenswear designs, comprising of Scottish lace and antique fabrics such as Tweed and silk, which gives her garments a very distinctive style. Her creations transport you to a bygone era - a world of petticoats, puffed sleeves and skirts which come equipped with trains, ruffles and even feathers. She has made a traditional Scottish quality a moving canvas with her unique eye grabbing pieces. Her pieces make a statement and will stand out from any crowd, no matter what they are wearing. Judy has had her work shown across the world and all around the UK. She has won the JOLOMO award for creativity and innovation and was also nominated as designer of the year 2009/2010 at the Scottish Style Awards for creating the Ford Dress - a dress made out of Ford car parts, Ford sent Judy a box containing keys, a radio, dashboard components, seat covers and two rear lights to use for her project.

Having just won the 2013 prestigious style awards she used a combination of tweed, Lace and calzeat textiles to create her collection which attracted the attention to the cat walk of lace dresses, steam punk frock coats featuring pheasant feather bustles which stunned the crowd. She was quoted saying, "I was absolutely thrilled to win the award. It's a very prestigious title so I hope it will help move my business in the right direction. Things are going really well for Scottish fashion at the moment."

Tweed has always been known for its upper class posh older generation, with a slight plain and same vintage look. The use of materials and textiles made from pure virgin wool dyed and spun in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, has now uplifted and is becoming more current. Using Tweed within Judys collections keeps her heritage close. The colours such as soft green, browns, purples and blues which has inspiration of the mountains and moorlands which much of the tweed finds its origins from.

A cloth famous for its expensive personal feel, Tweed is a type of weave common to the cloth with such fine quality. Its bold and bright strong looks that only fabric produced in commercial quantities are made by traditional methods, and is recognisable worldwide for its rich colours, which now has become the choice for top designers worldwide such as Judy R Clark. Her unique attraction to the public, each piece is individually designed and tailored to create a unique and timeless garment which is handmade. Customers can work closely with the designer choosing fabrics, buttons and linings to create timeless clothing they truly treasure, starting by taking her own collection of Tweed garments combining silks tulles, pearls and lace along with some new pieces using cloth by Scottish Mills. The pieces combine a woven tartan lace cloth with pearl embroidery and layers of lace. This gives her inspiration to vintage unique designs.

Judy Clark has been quoted saying "I've always been inspired by historical costumes and I love the shape of Victorian clothes and the beautiful silhouettes. I don't look at trends and I don't go by what the big designers say we should be wearing. I don't strive to be different from the rest; it just doesn't interest me at all. I make clothes that will fit in a timeless wardrobe and will work forever."

Clark’s choice of fabrics, often have a story to tell which makes her designs so personal and unique. There’s a reason that draws her to those fabrics. They are often not off the shelf, but tweaked and tampered with. As for her designs and frocks you need to study them like a piece of art , something you cannot remove your eyes from as it has such an intense and grasping way of creativity, you will want to look through the layers, touch it, and hold it up, that it’s so eye catching. Judy manages to create things which you wouldn’t thinking to accessories and pieces of material which gem in so well as well as using unique not every day fabrics such as Tweed. Making Tweed seem more approachable to and younger age group. You’ll never just glance at one of her frocks, you’ll want to hold it up, look through the layers, inside and outside.

She is now working very hard in her West End studio in Edinburgh with a very bright and successful future ahead of her. Planning to expand her business in the near future and possibly go down to London. In 2014 Judy Clark will be launching her commercial range in Milan after having Italian Vogue visit her studio.


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