The Mackintosh Style on the Runway – Dóra Pongracz
On Thursday, 24th May, Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum turned into an exclusive invitation-only fashion show venue to celebrate the talented designers from Glasgow Kelvin College. More than 20 designers showed their special clothes inspired by the life and work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his wife Margaret MacDonald.
This year (2018) marks the 150th year of the birth of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a Glasgow architect, designer and artist whose exquisite art nouveau style became one of the biggest inspirations for European designers. Students and staff came together to celebrate the designer by creating a collection in the style of Mackintosh and also to celebrate the 10 years long exchange between Glasgow Kelvin College and B5 Modeschulen Nurnberg. The two schools started their partnership to offer students trips through Erasmus+ to help them improve, learn and teach new skills from different cultures and work together in ‘live’ fashion.
The two-hour long runway show introduced every student’s creations inspired by the unique Mackintosh style; roses, glass paintings and interior designs. Tulle, felt, satin and a varied collection of fabrics were detailed with feathers, ribbons, special 3D roses, and glass made into wearable clothes. If one style is not enough for a night, the fashion show contained six mini shows. ‘The Mackintosh Street Style’ included 12 casual and smart casual outfits. The small capsule wardrobe included denim skirts, jumpsuits, cropped bodices, trousers and dresses with details of Mackintosh’s works. The opening outfits was made by Niamh Docherty, the 12 years old winner of the School Design competition from Our Lady’s High School in Motherwell.
‘Charles Nouveau’ brought a number of number of dresses for different occasions. Pink dominated the collection mixed with navy, red and white and also embroidery, beads and appliqué detailing. The ‘Millinery Evening Class’ lined up hats made of felt, leather and wool hats detailed with 3D Mackintosh roses, Swarovski crystals, buttons and feathers to name a few. The highlight of the show was a black hat, detailed with plastic £100 notes and blue crown style detailing. After the ‘Rennie Renaissance tailoring’, which featured jackets, dresses and playsuits in a very modern but art nouveau style, the B5 Modeschulen Nuremberg show followed featuring gowns all inspired by Mackintosh and Margaret Macdonald’s work. The collection’s clothes showed numerous fabrics for each design with special focus on detailing. The show’s finale, ‘Mackintosh Rose’ was the bridal and evening wear. An Elie Saab couture show could hide behind the beautiful designs on the runway by the talented designers from the Glasgow Kelvin College. The guests could see perfectly styled night gowns, matching skirt and top combinations in perfectly chosen colours. The models, who are previous or current students of the college, wore beautiful lace, tulle and chiffon dresses detailed with glass, prints and ribbons. Each outfit has its very unique Mackintosh touch and style perfect for a wedding or prom.
The show’s host was STV’s Laura Boyd who was also wearing a design by Yvonne Hay. The black feather detailed dress on Laura lifted the exclusivity of the very well-organised event. The Kelvingrove Gallery and Museum – a generous offer from Glasgow Life – was the perfect venue and atmosphere to present the designs. The students of the college who took the responsibility to walk on the runway confidently and with all professionalism modelled the clothes. The show’s guests included the Mayor of Nurnberg, Dr Ulrich Maly, and his wife, Ms Petra Maly, a show Patron and also Lord Provost of Glasgow Eva Bolander, who co-hosted the event. The final speeches – in German rather than English language to keep the show entertaining – rounded off the evening by thanking all participants and support throughout the 10-year partnership between Glasgow and Nünberg.