It’s important that our finalists are kitted – or should we say ‘kilted’ out – this is where Glenisla Kilts comes in!
Glenisla Kilts owner, John, has been making clothes since he was 13 (a few years back) and he established the company over 30 years ago.
The business provides kilts for the wonderful Dressed To Kilt fashion show at New York’s Tartan Week. Here he met Janis-Sue Smith who was styling models and a great collaboration began.
Every year since he’s enjoyed working with Janis-Sue to kit out the Miss Scotland finalists, and to help dress the winner for Miss World too! For our Grand Finale Glenisla Kilts have designed a fittingly glam kilt for our girls to wear, as well as a day to day kilt for wear during the contest.
Inspiration for the day to day kilt was the bold orange of the main sponsors – QTS. The resulting kilts looked just the ticket at Ayr Race Ladies Night where our finalists presented the winner of the QTS sponsored race with their medal. The kilts for this year’s final are very glam – but you’ll have to wait for the big night to see them.
Once Miss Scotland 2015 is crowned she, like the winners before her, will visit the Glenisla factory in Lanark, meet the fifty girls employed there and get her kilts for Miss World. John, who’ll collaborate with Janis-Sue, will then make 6-10 designs just for her. There will be different styles, sexy, classy, day kilts and more glam ones too. The final pieces won’t necessarily be tartan, Glenisla work with everything from Harris Tweed to leather and once made matching pink chiffon kilts for two grooms civil ceremony!
Before the relationship with Glenisla began Miss Scotland’s didn’t always have a kilt – a missed opportunity! The girls always love how easily their kilts can be styled. One of Glenisla’s kilts, a top and a pair of shoes and they are good to go. John and his wife have adopted every one of the girls that they’ve worked with.
As with the Miss Scotland kilts, the kilts on the catwalk at Dressed To Kilt, which has been sadly missed in recent years, are new and innovative. These styles help to show what Scotland, and the kilt have to offer in today’s world. Glenisla help to mentor young designers and produce kilts for Le Kilt, Samantha McCoach – hot, up and coming kilt designer.
Miss Scotland is in very good company too. For Jonathon Anderson’s first shows Glenisla were behind the scenes making kilts, they also produced half a dozen for a show put on with British menswear great Sir Paul Smith. They’ve made kilts for Margaret Howel, Prada, Vivenne Westwood and Burberry – it’s an illustrious list!
Over the years Glenisla have dressed so many huge names, it’s not every Scottish kiltmaker who can say that Justin of Colin and Justin stole his old, black jacket to wear on the catwalk!