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Biscuit lady gets big break in ECA students' fashion extravaganza

A cartoonish elderly lady made from custard creams, dresses decorated with maps of the night sky and an army of 21 aliens have dazzled at a major fashion showcase from students at Edinburgh College of Art. 

Images: Gareth Easton
Images: Gareth Easton

They are just three of the attractions that have taken over a landmark venue as part of the Edinburgh College of Art Fashion Show.

The show at Edinburgh's McEwan Hall stood out as one of the most prominent one of the capital's leading style events. It offered a glimpse at some of Scotland's most talented new designers in fashion, performance costume and textiles.

Other attractions included a knitwear collection that reflected women's roles in horror films, an experimental foray into unisex tailoring and designs drawing inspiration from an ancient Egyptian textile.

Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) will be the only Scottish higher education institute to show on the catwalk at the annual Graduate Fashion Week in London.

Last year, ECA final-year student Lauren Smith won the top award, the George Gold Award for best collection at the event, receiving acclaim from Vogue and the New York Times in the process.

Costume design students will also showcase a range of dramatic creations, including a vibrant interpretation of a Russian fairytale, a six-foot tap-dancing pigeon and a chilling version of Oscar Wilde's Salome draped in a latticed veil with blood-red jewels.

The work of one student will also feature in an exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum this summer. Sophie Barlow's chess-inspired designs for Shakespeare's Othello and Iago will be part of a celebration in London marking the Bard's 450th birthday.

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