Fashion Festival Launch for Historic New Tartan

On Saturday 18 th November, Re:Dress Scotland will host the second Scottish festival of Slow Fashion at the renowned Easterbrook Hall at The Crichton in Dumfries.

Re:Dress 23 presents a slick runway show with a difference: all clothes are recycled, vintage or preowned, and sustainable, and all the models are local people from across the community.

Sponsored by The Holywood Trust, Dumfries & Galloway Council and The Crichton Trust, this is not just a fashion show. With musicians, dancers, aerial performers, and info on how we can reduce waste and help slow climate change also on the bill, it’s a real festival atmosphere with an important environmental message.

A celebration of creativity, reuse, and sustainability in Scottish fashion, Re:Dress 23 contributors range from established designers and businesses to students and talented young people with no formal training.

“We founded Dumfries Slow Fashion Movement, better known as Re:Dress, as a community interest company to raise awareness of the impact of clothing and textiles on climate change, and to show that slow fashion, which is a reaction against the overproduction, consumption and waste of fast fashion, can be creative, modern, and fun!”, says Director Daniel McKinnon. “We wanted to do something beneficial, that could also give young people opportunities to get involved in creative industries through events like the Re:Dress Festival and our magazine, Pulp!”

This year’s event will also see the launch of a historic new tartan. The world’s first official slow fashion tartan, ReDress the Brave, promotes Re:Dress’s core values: creativity, community, care for the environment and hopes for a brighter future for fashion. It is also a new tartan for Dumfries and Galloway, showcasing colours of the region’s natural landscape.

“We really wanted to create something that represents Re:Dress and celebrates slow fashion. Tartan is an iconic design with a spirit that’s both traditional and rebellious, so it seemed like an obvious choice” Re:Dress Director, Marie McKinnon, says. “Dumfries doesn’t have its own tartan, so we wanted it to be something for the town as well. There’s tbeen a fantastic response, so far! We’ve been very lucky to have textile designer and weaver, Jonny MacKinnon, on board throughout, and we’re grateful to The Incorporation of Weavers of Glasgow, The People’s Project and Alex Begg for believing in the project and helping us bring the idea to life.”

Now in its third outing, and with two sell-out previous shows, three parliamentary commendations, a wide range of contributing designers and businesses, and more than 100 volunteers from across the region, Re:Dress is a real community event, and it has an important message, too.

Tickets for Re:Dress 23, priced at just £5, are on sale now online at www.redressscot.co.uk and at the Midsteeple Box Office in Dumfries.