Scottish Style Awards line up revealed

A HOLLYWOOD costume designer will compete with the director of the Celtic Connections music festival for the flagship honour at the Scottish Style Awards.

Celtic Connections Artistic Director Donald Shaw is in the running for the award. Picture: Donald MacLeod (

Glasgow-born Trisha Biggar, who received a lifetime achievement award at last year’s Scottish BAFTAs, worked on three Star Wars movies and has designed costumes for the likes of Robert Duvall, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz.

She will be up against Donald Shaw, the artistic director of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections festival, and Amanda Millen, director of the Go North festival in Inverness, for the “tastemaker of the year” prize at the event on Saturday.

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Also in the running for the same award are Stacey Duguid, editor of Elle magazine, Alister Mackie, executive editor of Dazed & Confused magazine, and Glasgow design studio ISO.

Among the contenders for other awards at the ceremony, being held at Kelvingrove art gallery and museum, are actor Martin Compston, actress Sophie Kennedy Clark, racing driver Susie Wolff, rockers Glasvegas and jewellery designer David Alexander.

The Scottish Style Awards, now a biennial event, were launched in 2005 by businesswoman Mary McGowne and have since gone on to become one of the most high-profile award ceremonies in Scotland.

Previous winners include actor Robert Carlyle, singers Shirley Manson, Sharleen Spiteri and KT Tunstall, Michelin-starred chef Martin Wishart, DJ Calvin Harris and fashion designers Jonathan Saunders, Christopher Kane and Vivienne Westwood.

Among the fashion industry names singled out for this year’s event are: Edinburgh-based Judy Clark, who has worked for the late Alexander McQueen and singer Emeli Sandé; Dingwall design guru Henrietta Ludgate, an “ethical fashion” pioneer thanks to her use of recycled fabrics; Edinburgh kilt-maker Howie Nicholsby; and Deetz, a new label set up by Ayrshire sisters Lauren Milligan and Amy Currie.

Edinburgh-based games designers Rockstar North and Andrew Fairlie, the only Scottish chef to have won two stars from Michelin, for his restaurant at Gleneagles hotel, will both be receiving special awards at the event.