The St Andrews Charity Fashion Show 2011 announces Patron

I have very kindly been invited to the prestigious St Andrews Fashion show, a night that has been hailed as a key event on Scotland’s social calendar. The student-run organisation set up with the aim of giving young talent a platform, is this year in Partnership with the wonderful charity Trekstock, which readers of this blog will have heard me talk of numerous times.

They have just announced that their patron is the ridiculously talented, artist, fashion designer and illustrator Tanya Ling. Although she now resides in London, born in Calcutta, she spent her childhood in America, Africa and England, something which undoubtedly helped to cultivate the beautiful images she is able to translate through drawing and clothing.

Tanya Ling is an artist, fashion designer and illustrator. Born in Calcutta (1966), her childhood was spent in America, Africa and England. She now lives and works in London.

She has contributed to numerous leading fashion titles throughout the world including Harpers Bazaar and US Elle. Ling has also contributed to non mainstream titles such as Zoo, Tank and literary magazine The Idler. Commercial commissions include work for Diane Von Furstenberg, Jil Sander, Louis Vuitton, Nars, Victor and Rolf, Selfridges and Harrods.

In 2002 Ling produced her debut ready-to-wear collection, which was presented at The Mayor Gallery on Cork Street to much acclaim. British Vogue have named Ling one of the most important trendsetters in Britain and in 2003 The Observer Magazine announced her as their designer of the year. Her A/W 2003 collection was shown at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London.

Her work has been featured in numerous newspapers and publications including ‘100 Years of Fashion Illustration’ published by Laurence King. In 2009 Ling was appointed the Creative Director of Veryta, a new RTW women’s luxury fashion brand founded by Filippo Binaghi and Stefano Pilati to support the Veryta Foundation.

Look forward to my coverage of what is bound to be an unforgettable evening. In the past 10 years, over £180,000 has been raised for a variety of worthwhile charities and I’m hoping it will be very fruitful this year with its collaboration with TREKSTOCK.

Past sponsors have included, MaxFactor, Schwarzkopf, Moet & Hennessy, Peroni, Benefit and Swarovski. Furthermore, our models have been dressed by fashion houses such as Giorgio Armani, Prada, Vivienne Westwood, Miu Miu, and Luca Luca – not to mention an array of innovative student designers from around the country…… not to mention our future Queen!!

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