With fabrics sourced from within the British Isles and all pieces produced locally, Henrietta Ludgate‘s AW11 womenswear collection represented minimalistic chic with a focus on structured cuts and sculptural drapery.
The line in reduced colours but with bright accents of blue and pink caters for a self-aware, elegant women that likes to keep her freedom of movement whilst not loosing her classiness. Inspired by ski instructors and woolly mammoths it does not miss out on some rock and roll attitude with rivets on sleeves and tights over high heels.
Henrietta Mackay-Ludgate freelanced as a costume designer, working with companies including Channel 4 and the BBC and for Osman Yousefzada after her graduation from Central Saint Martins School of Art before setting up her own label Henrietta Ludgate.
In Autumn 2009, showing for the first time at London Fashion Week, Ludgate was awarded the (EFF) Ethical Fashion Forum’s ‘Fashion Innovation Award’. Furthermore, this year the Scottish luxury label got nominated for Young Scottish Designer of the Year, become a finalist for British Council’s Young Creative Entrepeneur of the Year and was shortlisted for the British Fashion Council’s ELLE New Talent Award.
‘When you purchase a piece made by Henrietta Ludgate, you are investing in the Scottish Textile industry, sustaining a way of working that has been in this country through generations.’
Pictures by Pete Repka