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Assembly Rooms Edinburgh Welcomes Fashion’s A-List

This July high fashion will be in the air as Assembly Rooms prepares to welcome the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival on 21st & 22nd July.

The Fashion Festival, created by Dutch Model Anna Freemantle, has made an impressive mark on the international scene and, now in its third year, it has established itself as a hot date on the fashion calendar.

A highlight of the Festival will undoubtedly be a major exhibition of work by renowned photographers and fashion industry giants, John “Rankin” Waddell and Helena Christensen which will be unveiled in the Assembly Rooms Ballroom. Director Anna Freemantle has curated this exhibition to help launch the Retina Festival this year with support from the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival.

This fascinating photography exhibition will explore the contrast between men and women, with each photographer displaying strong depictions of their sex. Rankin has selected some of his most iconic male portraits taken throughout his career, including eminent figures across the entertainment industry such as Damian Lewis, Ralph Fiennes and Chiwetel Ejiofor. His black and white photography will work perfectly with Christensen’s full colour, all female images, embracing new digital techniques to create unique, personal and thought provoking moments.

Meanwhile, it won’t just be the chandeliers glittering when the Makers’ Market gets underway in the beautiful Music Hall.

High end designers with links to Scotland will be focusing on clothes from thread to finished article and beyond - from catwalks to retail – with one of the major fashion shows taking place.

The Makers Market will showcase a selection of the finest makers, designers and brands in Scotland and South Africa. Curated by Freemantle, along with James Sugden, Director of Johnston’s of Elgin and long-term supporter of emerging talent, Stella Tennant, the intention is to bring awareness to the wider public regarding the journey of a garment. Visitors will learn about the education of fashion, as well as mills, skills, manufacturing and selling.

The exhibition will range from established brands to up and coming designers looking to make an impression on an international stage. This is a big networking event for industry as well as the wider public, and a unique opportunity to meet the makers and buy their beautiful products. Among the leading Scottish designers being presented in the market will be Pringle, Common People, Walker Slater, Di Gilpin and Hancock.

Shona Clelland, General Manager of Assembly Rooms says: ‘We are honoured to be hosting such an exclusive and prestigious event this summer. The Edinburgh International Fashion Festival is highly anticipated, and we’re incredibly excited to be a part of it this year – especially as we will be displaying the work of two of the world’s most influential fashion photographers in our Ballroom!

“We look forward to welcoming the Festival and visitors from all over the world to celebrate fashion and Scotland’s impressive contribution to the industry.”

The Christensen and Rankin exhibition will be open to the public 20 - 21 July, 9am - 5pm and 22 July, 9am - 4pm. The Makers Market will be open 21-22 July, 10am - 6pm. Both events are free to attend as is the Menswear Salon Show on Tuesday 22 July at 5 pm which will feature Edinburgh Jazz & Blues artiste, Ben Prestage, playing live.