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.