'Amazing evening' demonstrates just what you can do with tartan

Robyn Kitto, of Roxburgh, models ''Romancing Espresso'', entered by The Lounge at 103, which won...
Robyn Kitto, of Roxburgh, models ''Romancing Espresso'', entered by The Lounge at 103, which won the business house category and the overall supreme award. Photos Leith Huffadine
Amelia Pasco, of Roxburgh, models Janet McDonald's creation, ''Myth of the Minch'', a runner-up...
Amelia Pasco, of Roxburgh, models Janet McDonald's creation, ''Myth of the Minch'', a runner-up in the Business House category.
Tahlia Moir, of Roxburgh, models ''Self Raised'', designed by Cuinna Macbeth for Millers Flat...
Tahlia Moir, of Roxburgh, models ''Self Raised'', designed by Cuinna Macbeth for Millers Flat Four Square, Faigan's Community Store, which won the people's choice award.
Julie Morton, of Cromwell, models her own creation, ''Te Puea'', which received a highly...
Julie Morton, of Cromwell, models her own creation, ''Te Puea'', which received a highly commended award.
Kia Wales, of Roxburgh, models Fay Kennedy's design, ''Thyme for Shooting'', which was awarded...
Kia Wales, of Roxburgh, models Fay Kennedy's design, ''Thyme for Shooting'', which was awarded first place in the sport and recreation category.

High fashion met tartan and Scottish heritage on the catwalk in Roxburgh on Saturday night.

The combination brought elegant dresses, functional sportswear and even an extinct creature to the stage in front of more than 200 spectators.

Organiser Teresa Bennetts said the inaugural Teviot Valley Wearable Tartan Art Awards exceeded the expectations of those involved.

Tickets to the evening had sold out well in advance, and more than double the expected entries were received.

''It was a very successful evening for us. It far surpassed what we were initially wanting to achieve. It was an amazing evening and I think that it shows the huge community spirit [in the Teviot Valley].''

The diverse range of categories allowed a range of ages and styles to be exhibited in the design and construction of entries.

Lads and Lassies was a youth category, Sport and Recreation required the creation of a piece of sport regalia, Business House needed products regularly used in the workplace to be repurposed in the name of style, Sporran Design called for a new take on the traditional leather pouch worn at the front of the kilt, and the Canny Celtic Kiwi Creation had simple guidelines - ''anything goes''.

Holly Pringle won the Lads and Lassies section with ''Walking on Egg Shells''; Fay Kennedy, Sport and Recreation with ''Thyme for Shooting''; The Lounge at 103, Business House with ''Romancing Espresso''; Millers Flat Rural Women, Sporran Design with ''McRabbits Highland Gathering''; and Berryl Tomkin and Gill Boot, Canny Celtic Kiwi Creation with ''The Selkie''.

The overall supreme award was presented to The Lounge at 103 with ''Romancing Espresso''.

The event, which focused on combining traditional Scottish tartan designs with fashion, was part of an idea to create a new event for the Teviot Tartan week, held annually, she said.

After this year's initial event, the wearable arts awards would be held once every two years, to coincide with Teviot Tartan, she said.

-leith.huffadine@odt.co.nz

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