Crisp couture wins Kyle girl national award

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Alison shows off her eye-catching, and award winning, design

A talented teenager from Kyle of Lochalsh has scooped a national award for a unique dress made from crisp packets.

Alison MacRae, a pupil at Plockton High School, designed and created the eye-catching dress – featuring 1,000 crisp packets – for the Junk Kouture Scotland competition, which challenges entrants to design wearable fashion from junk materials.

An online poll featuring all 82 entries saw Alison’s design attract the highest number of votes, winning her a place in the competition final in Glasgow last weekend. There she took to the catwalk to show off her ‘Autumn Crisp’ design, which also features broken jewellery and old CD disks and was named as the winner of the Enterprise Award in recognition of her successful campaign for public votes.

Alison with host Cat Cubie and judge Jimmy Stephen Cran of the Glasgow School of Art

Alison with host Cat Cubie and judge Jimmy Stephen Cran of the Glasgow School of Art

Alison said: “I spent almost every lunch time and more on the design and I was so thrilled with how it turned out. Although I don’t think I want to eat a packet of crisps ever again!”

Plockton High art teacher Lynn McLaughlin supported Alison throughout the process and was thrilled with the response from both the public and the judges.

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The rainbow coloured gown amazed judges with its elegant style and bright colours