A SCOTS chieftain’s daughter has made the move from acting into fashion by appearing in Vogue.
Rose Leslie, 26, has been photographed alongside eight other Scottish models in a Mary Queen of Scots-inspired shoot showing off Chanel’s Paris-Edinburgh collection in the April edition of the magazine.
The daughter of Aberdeenshire chieftain of Clan Leslie, Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, she shot to fame playing rebellious housemaid Gwen Dawson in the first series of Downton Abbey and stars in fantasy drama Game of Thrones, playing the role of wilding woman Ygritte.
Born Rose Eleanor Arbuthnot-Leslie, she is the daughter of Aberdeenshire chieftain of Clan Leslie, Sebastian Arbuthnot-Leslie, and Candida Leslie (née Candida Mary Sibyl Weld), and grew the third of five children in Lickleyhead Castle.
Despite being raised in Aberdeen, She told the magazine the rails of tartan and tweed clothing available during the shoot “pulled at the heartstrings”.
Her family also own 12th century Warthill Castle in Rayne, Aberdeenshire, and her boyfriend is co-star and on-screen love interest English actor Kit Harington, who plays Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.
She won a Scottish BAFTA for Best New Talent for her debut role of Rhian in New Town during 2009, and is currently filming a feature film in North Carolina.
As well as acting and modelling Leslie is also skilled in flamenco and ballroom dancing, as well as horse riding, skiing and tennis.
Her fellow Vogue models include fashion designer Louise Gray, art student Angelica Cayzer and descendant of the Scottish queen herself Idina May Moncreiffe.
According to Chanel, the romantic Paris-Edinburgh Métiers d’Art collection offers a contemporary twist on traditional Scottish motifs, including lime green quilted sporrans, whisky flasks emblazoned with the double C Chanel logo and thistle knuckledusters, worn by the nine Scottish-born or based models.
Chanel’s yearly Métiers d’Art collection showcases the luxury brand’s specialist craftsmanship, and was displayed in a lavish fashion show inside the Gothic ruins of Linlithgow Palace, birthplace of Mary, Queen of Scots, in December last year.
The formidable Scottish queen was designer Karl Lagerfeld’s inspiration behind the collection, who told the crowd “I love Mary Queen of Scots and I love Scotland,” during his first ever trip to the country.
The show was opened by Scottish-born model Stella Tennant, and featured models of the moment Cara Delevigne and Edie Campbell.
The collection combines the brutal romance of Scotland in ruffs, cloaks, argyle stockings and colourful tartan with the textured tweed jackets, Fair Isle knits and cashmere scarves so beloved of Coco Chanel, who had a long-running love affair with the Highlands.
Designer Chanel used to fish for salmon with her lover the Duke of Westminster in the lochs of his Scottish estates during the 1920s, and through borrowing his clothes was inspired to create her iconic tweed suit.
The fashion house’s links with Scotland have been strengthened by its recent acquisition of the Barrie Knitwear mill in Hawick, which has produced cashmere knitwear, including the iconic two-tone cashmere cardigans, for Chanel for over 25 years.
Tilda Swinton will be modelling the collection in an upcoming campaign shot in the Château d’Ecouen, a castle from the Renaissance period located near Chantilly, France.
It will not be the first time the actress has dabbled in Scottish fashion, having previously been the face of luxury knitwear brand Pringle.
• See the fullshoot in the April 2013 issue of Vogue, out on Monday 11th March.