HAWICK Provost and former Pringle model Zandra Elliot has revealed that a newly opened exhibition in honour of the town’s famous brand sparked the interest of a film star and the fashion press elite in London.
Mrs Elliot attended the opening of ‘From Hawick to Hollywood: The Women Who Wore Pringle’ in the Textiles Towerhouse last week – but as one of the mill’s well-known faces from the past was also invited to attend London Fashion Week to help celebrate its heritage.
Compiled by Pringle in conjunction with design students of Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design – and assisted by Teries who contributed memorabilia and garments during a Day of Record at Glebe Mill – the exhibition has already been on show in the prestigious London address One Marylebone.
Mrs Elliot explained: “I was initially invited to the Day of Record as Provost and a former Pringle model. A video of the day was produced, then I was interviewed a couple of months later and asked to elaborate on my modelling career, which included visits to Gleneagles, Turnberry and London.
“Then I was invited down to London along with designers Wallace Shaw and Lesley Rankine where we were presented to the international fashion press, and gave numerous interviews on our association with the company in the 1950s and 1960s, when the Hawick knitwear industry was at its peak.”
Zandra quipped: “I think some of the journalists were quite amazed to discover a fifties model was still alive and kicking!”
Mrs Elliot also had the pleasure of meeting Pringle Brand ambassador, Oscar-winning actress Tilda Swinton. She went on: “Tilda Swinton also showed a great interest in the earlier days of the company.”
And on the catwalk upstairs the brand’s future was on show with Pringle’s creative director Clare Waight Keller blending traditional techniques with creative technology in a chic collection, perfectly suited to ‘muse’ Tilda, who joined American Vogue’s Hamish Bowles in the front row.
Provost Elliot commented: “The new collection was very impressive and received plaudits both from the visiting dignitaries and international fashion press.”
The exhibition will be staged at various venues but will be in Hawick until the end of September.
“It is sure to bring back many memories and is well worth a visit”, she added. “Hopefully it will be a popular tourist attraction over the summer months.”