The story of Jacobite rising has come to the last chapter, which is regarded as one of the most romantic in Scottish history. After the defeat of the Jacobite’s in the Battle of Culloden in 1746. Flora MacDonald was a young Highland woman who sympathized with Bonnie Prince Charlie’s situation and decided to undertake the risk of her life to assist in his escape from Scotland to France. For the purpose of hiding Bonnie from the hunt all over the Highlands and Islands by government soldiers. She disguised the Prince as ‘Betty Burke’, an Irish maidservant. He dressed in a calico gown with a green floral print and headdress to disguise his face.
We are inspired by the courage of Flora MacDonald who staked her everything to bid the honor comeback of the kingdom. The history behind the disgraceful escape of the prince. The history had become the backbone of our n19 Collection to grow the mood and design development.
The small locket contains hair of Prince Charles Edward Stuart, with Prince of Wales feathers in the Centre, and the small piece of tartan fabric on the opposite side which represent the symbol of his clan. Tartan pattern is a key element throughout the Scottish history. In the past, people can read your religion, clan and place that you lived through your tartan pattern. It plays an important role in our SS22 collection, by creating our own unique tartan pattern with the fabrics that we used in our past collections throughout all these years. The present a history of timeline of our brand and pay our respect to the culture of tartan.
“The garb is certainly very loose, and fits men inured to it to go through great fatigues, to make very quick marches, to bear out against the inclemency of the weather, to wade through rivers, and shelter in huts, woods, and rocks upon occasion.” described by Forbes, Lord Culloden Duncan in Culloden Papers (1815). We obtained the idea of the great kilts into this collection, by pleated drapes the wool fabric into the silhouette of garments and experienced the tartan pattern with leather faded technique, knitting skill and print design etc.
On the Left image, It’s the stewart of Appin’s flag. Appin played as an important role in the Jacobite rising of 1715. They supported and sent men to fight in the battle. The colour which represent their clan and carried by the soldiers during the Culloden battle. On the right image, it’s a delftware punch bowl decorated with a portrait of Prince Charles Edward stuart in blue paint. The porcelain were believed to produced by the jacobite supporters to demonstrated continued loyalty to the Jacobite cause. We applied the blue colour of the flag and the pottery into our collection, by special natural dyed technique to create the blue with the used vintage effect.
FABRIC & DETAILS
The reversible organza printed jacket with our seasonal print. The print were created to present the completed journey of the Culloden battle.
The square shape patchwork pattern with different gathers and pleats jacket. We tried to continuous the idea of tartan pattern into our patchwork by creating our own tartan pattern with gathers or pleats on each single piece of fabric before we patch them all together.
“We live, in fact, In the a world starved for solitude, Silence, And private: and therefore starved for meditation And true friendship.” — C.S Lewis, 1898-1903. The Weight of Glory
We hand write the poem on each single garment then embroider on it.
The tartan pattern leather faded small purse which inspired by the Prince’s gold locket.