Rachel’s design talents shine through at Paxton House project

Rachel Connolly
Rachel Connolly

AN exciting new exhibition of recently conserved costume coupled with stunning contemporary fashion, inspired by the collection from students of the School of Textiles at Heriot-Watt University, Galashiels, is set to take place in Paxton House, near Berwick.

And at the forefront of the project is Hawick teenager Rachel Connelly, a third year student at the university.

Former Trinity primary and high school pupil Rachel is part of a specially selected group of students invited to create works inspired by Paxton’s historical interiors, architecture and fashions.

She said: “It’s a great privilege to be involved in an exhibition like this.

“We had the use of the facilities at Paxton House to get ideas and I got inspiration from the picture gallery to design a dress that has the face of Patrick Home, one of the original owners of the historical Paxton House, on it.”

And Rachel’s work has been included as part of a publicity poster for the exhibition.

The Oliver Park resident, who has always had an interest in design and art, said: “I remember as a little girl I would design my own Christmas cards and I suppose that was the start of it.

“At the high school I got encouragement from Clair Hood at Creative Fashion and decided that was the path I wanted to follow as a career.”

The exhibition, entitled RE-DRESS Fashion Unpacked, will run until May 31 and again from August 6-31.