A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to go to a preview night at Tigerlilly in Edinburgh for new collection Fay & Solas, by Jennifer Morris.
I wanted to share a bit about the designer. Jennifer was born in Australia and on moving to Scotland she was brought up in Edinburgh. She attended Edinburgh College of Art where she studied Fashion Design. After her graduation in 2007 Jennifer went travelling for two years and worked for a fashion company in Australia.
Upon her return to the UK Jennifer moved to London where she studied her masters in Fashion Design and Technology at London College of Fashion. Receiving a great amount of press following her graduation show at the Victoria and Albert museum – Jennifer was featured in publications including Vogue, Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and the Guardian G2 ‘Look of the Week’.
Setting up her small studio in London, Jennifer started working on her luxury womenswear line. This led to her showcasing collections at Vauxhall Fashion Scout during London fashion week and at various showrooms during Paris Fashion week. In 2013 Jennifer won the ‘Young Scottish Designer of the Year’ at the Scottish Fashion Awards.
I’m sure you will agree with me that all these achievements are pretty impressive for someone who only graduated seven years ago!
I asked Jennifer where her inspiration for the collection from, here is what she said:
The idea of Fay & Solas came out of a desire to create pieces which followed a similar aesthetic to my luxury line but at a much more attainable price point. The name comes from the Gaelic for fairies and light, which I decided upon as I often use a lot of folklore, mythology and fairytales as an inspirational starting point for many of my collections. This collection was based upon the fantastical journey of a Russian ballerina to the mythological Gardens of Babylon. Drawing on the idea of her sparkling dresses and swirling skirts overgrowing with clambering leaves and snake skin.”