Marc Ross only had three weeks to produce this collection, using the facilities of Cardonald College who are also a sponsor. Ross said that he sees himself as being an ‘ambassador’ for the college.
His main influences on the designs for his collection were the customers who come to 29. And he tried to “tap” into the high-end market that goes there.
He wanted to create a collection that was “something for everyone, and for all age groups. If you are a bit conservative, or you like to be a bit out there,” he said.
Features of the collection include dresses with spikes, fabric hand-beaded in India and a variety of fabrics including silk, satin and chiffon.
Ross’s favorite piece is the black French chantillie lace and gun metal silk fishtail dress.
“It’s stunning,” he says. “I’ve done a short length and full length gown as well, which is so flattering.”
Ross started his career as an intern at Vivienne Westwood, where he was able to work on the wedding dress worn by Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. He said that “everything really just clicked, although they were really strict with how you worked and the way you worked.
“I can even remember going for my first interview where I had to make a dress on the day. One of my seams was a millimeter out, and they told me that if I wanted to work at Vivienne Westwood, my dress couldn’t be like that.”
Ross has also previously designed for Cheryl Cole, meeting her a handful of times to discuss the gown she wore on the X Factor in 2009. He had to design, produce and customize to fit, and he recalls that Cheryl Cole said “she loved it.”
Giving back to the community is also very important to the Irvine born designer; he has stuck close to his Ayrshire roots by becoming a patron for the Lauren Currie Twilight foundation.
He has donated two dresses for the charity which has raised around £8000 in total. He is currently in the process of producing charity t-shirts which he hopes will raise some extra money.
“I like to get involved. I don’t have the cash to donate so if there’s a product that I can do that can change someone’s life or help them out in anyway then it’s nice to give back.”
Through his success working with big celebrities and having the opportunities to work with companies as well as charities, Ross’s main tip for budding fashion designers is to work hard as “it is difficult and it’s not going to happen overnight. It’s not an easy industry, especially in Scotland.”