Green is the new black – and not just for trendy gardeners

BORDERS textiles students have come up with the ultimate in 'green' fashion.

Students at The School of Textiles and Design at Heriot-Watt University in Galashiels are creating a range of eco-friendly clothing using biodegradable fabrics such as hemp and potato starch.

And their ethical, experimental efforts will be showcased at Gardening Scotland 2008.

Tickets are already on sale for the event, which runs from Friday, May 30, to Sunday, June 1, at the Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh.

“The year-two students on the BSc clothing design and manufacturing course have been asked to come up with a specific brief – dressing up for the garden – using eco-friendly fabrics and trimmings,” explained Jayne Smith, director of learning and teaching at The School of Textiles and Design.

“They have to produce something a gardener would actually wear, creating it from fabrics such as hemp and potato starch, which we have developed ourselves.

“We have 34 students doing the module, and each will showcase two garments – so there will be plenty to see at the Gardening Scotland fashion show.

“It will also feature pieces from students on the BA fashion design for industry course who are making clothing out of recycled clothing.

“Green really is the new black,” said Ms Smith

Gardening Scotland is a three-day celebration of outdoor living with more than 400 exhibitors taking part.

Highlights include the floral hall, the heart of the show, where specialist growers from all over the UK come to sell beautiful blooms and plants. The show gardens offer insight and inspiration on how to transform the humblest patch into something Eden-like, and there are expert tips and advice, including from the Beechgrove Garden team.