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Glasgow School of Art graduate wins new talent award

Emerging menswear designer and recent Glasgow School of Art graduate Kelly McGrath has won this year’s Scotland Re:Designed New Talent Award.

The award, which is presented in partnership with Scottish government-funded body Zero Waste Scotland’s Love Your Clothes campaign, recognises the high standard of talent displayed by graduates and young designers from or based north of the border, with a focus this year on sustainability.

Glasgow-based McGrath, who creates under the name Kelly Dawn Riot, digitally prints her hand-painted watercolour, pen and ink designs onto high-waisted tapered leg trousers, oversized shirts and overcoats. This wastes less water and uses fewer chemicals than traditional printed textile processes.

“Her commitment to designing garments that will become key sustainable pieces rather than disposable seasonal wear really caught my attention,” said Lynn Wilson, key accounts manager (textiles) at Zero Waste Scotland.

As winner of this year’s award, McGrath’s collection was exhibited alongside 12 others – including menswear brand Common People and last year’s New Talent Award winner, womenswear designer Mairi McDonald – at Glaswegian arts venue SWG3 on November 20.

She will also receive two return trips to London to work with a mentor, ethical fashion designer and upcycling expert Orsola de Castro; up to £1,000 for materials, development and hiring of specialist equipment; and PR support.

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