Published: 09/04/2018 07:00 - Updated: 06/04/2018 14:41

Fashionista has Oz in her sights

Written byNicole Webber


Siobhan Mackenzie (centre) in Australia ahead of the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony.

A BLACK Isle designer watched her dream come true as Team Scotland paraded in her kilts for the Commonwealth Games’ opening ceremony.

Siobhan Mackenzie, from Fortrose, was ringside at the Carrara stadium on Wednesday on Australia’s Gold Coast to see Scotland’s female athletes wearing her designs.

"The opening ceremony was spectacular," she told the Ross-Shire Journal.

"It was an incredible feeling to watch my designs come out first into the stadium and Scotland got an almighty roar from the crowd!"

As Glasgow hosted the Games in 2014, her kilts were one of the first things the audience would have seen during the Parade of Nations, as Scotland had the honour of being the first team to march into the stadium, led by track and field athlete Eilidh Doyle.

Miss Mackenzie, a former Fortrose Academy pupil, was chosen to design the kilts for Scotland’s female athletes last year, having worked as an alteration technician at Glasgow in 2014.

She said: "I am humbled to have had this opportunity and put my stamp out there," she said. "I have wanted to be a designer since I was 10 and designing for the Commonwealth team, for Team Scotland, was a huge goal."

She described the excitement and build-up to the Games as "beyond belief".

Although she is enjoying her time in Australia and soaking up some much needed sun, the hardworking Miss Mackenzie is never one to miss an opportunity.

"I’m checking out potential retailers here alongside fitting in some sport events and then I’ll head onto Sydney to meet with retailers there to grow the brand," she added.

"It’s a prime time with all of the exposure to really get the brand out there."

Since launching her own business Miss Mackenzie has established her luxury brand on an international scale and worked with celebrities such as Canadian superstar Justin Beiber and Judy Murray OBE.

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