The Secret Life of Tartan with Vixy Rae

18:00 to 19:00 on 30 October 2019

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The Secret Life of Tartan with Vixy Rae

Join fashion designer and tailor Vixy Rae to go behind the scenes, and beyond the kilt, to stitch together never-before-heard stories and fascinating anecdotes on Scotland’s most famous fabric, tartan.

Celebrating the launch of her new book The Secret Life of Tartan: How a Cloth Shaped a Nation, Vixy explores how tartan transcends boundaries through colour and craft, texture and cloth, and sustainability from the handing down of kilts to the lost art of vegetable-dyeing yarn.

From the shortbread tin to the catwalk, regal palaces to highland bothies, The Secret Life of Tartan showcases tartan’s dramatic diversity and outstanding heritage.

Tickets £10 + booking fee, or special offer of £25 for ticket and book!*

About The Author
Fashion designer Victoria ‘Vixy’ Rae, is the Owner & Creative Director of Stewart Christie & Co Ltd, the oldest bespoke tailor in Scotland and the second oldest business in Edinburgh. Combining her passion and expertise for tweed and tartan, Vixy has created garments for various clients including Saoirse Ronan, and is first female member of The Incorporation of Edinburgh Tailors, a trade body which dates back more than six centuries.

*Only available online

Every ticket sold supports the work of The Dovecot Foundation to advance visual art, craft and design in all its forms.


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