VIVIENNE WESTWOOD TO ENTER SCOTTISH FASHION AWARDS HALL OF FAME.

Dame Vivienne Westwood, famed for her quirky designs, love of tartan and long-standing influence on the fashion industry, will be inducted in to the Scottish Fashion Awards Hall of Fame later this evening.

Following in the footsteps of the previous winners of the awards Stella Tennant, Colin McDowell, Sam McKnight and Albert Watson, the British designer will be celebrated for her contribution to the Scottish fashion industry.

Tessa Hartman, founder of the award, said: “Vivienne has had an undeterred loyalty and unparalleled love and passion for Scottish textiles and fabrics, which she has consistently used within her collections throughout the years.”

She added that: “She personifies the powerful and subversive originality of British fashion and has done more for Scottish textiles than probably any other designer of her generation. Her brand name is synonymous with the tartan pattern and her fascination for this iconic fabric is unrelenting. By using a mix of different tartans, her ensembles explore the rich depth of colour and diversity of the traditional checked pattern that is adored around the world.”

Alistair Carmichael, secretary of state for Scotland, said: “The Scottish fashion industry will be forever indebted to Dame Westwood, who has established a lasting legacy for Scottish textiles, yarns and fabrics.”

Among those attending the event will be Christopher Kane, Holly Fulton, Pam Hogg, previous winner of the award Sam McKnight and model David Gandy.

Reported by Orla Wallis.