SCOTLAND’S rising star Nadia Pinkney creates bold, modern and innovative garments that tell a story.

Prior to founding the label which bears her name in 2016, Pinkney graduated from Heriot Watt University with an honours degree in fashion womenswear.

The designer instantly became recognised for her unique approach to design in which she uses fabrication and narrative as primary influences.

Her work has seen her nominated for Scottish Fashion Graduate of the Year 2016 at the Scottish Fashion Awards and Best New Emerging Scottish Artist/Designer at the 2017 Variety Awards. Pinkney was also chosen to showcase her work at The Height of Fashion Catwalk Show at Holyrood Palace as part of the Queen’s 90th birthday celebrations.

Driven by her love of human stories, Pinkney entered the Scottish fashion scene with a collection inspired by Alzheimer’s disease, thoughtfully entitled Remember Me Knot. The range was a tribute to Pinkney’s great-grandmother Bridget Lauder and her grandmother Dinah Pinkney, both of whom she lost to the disease.

Through the collection, Pinkney wanted to raise awareness of the condition. In order to design the collection with a better understanding, she worked alongside Dr Tom Russ of the Alzheimer Scotland’s Dementia Research Centre.

The success of the collection inspired a limited collection of scarves which featured a distinctive “Remember Me Knot” print. All profits from the collection were donated to Alzheimer Scotland.

For summer 2017, the brand’s latest ready-to-wear collection, entitled Visage, seeks inspiration from the season’s need to pause and appreciate the beauty in ordinary things. The range places a particular focus on the concept of time, painting it as the ultimate luxury and exploring the effect that this has on an individual.

Through the use of personal photographs featuring elder family members, Pinkney has created digital prints with a hand-painted feel to represent the story lines of an ageing body. The narrative is also incorporated into the colour palette, fabrication and design which feature tones of the skin.

The collection features a combination of bold, simplistic and oversized pieces designed to suit all silhouettes.

Pinkney is now collaborating with other creatives and conducting research for the brand’s autumn-winter 17/18 collection, which she promises will be influenced by another human story.