Fashion is in my blood. It’s all I ever wanted to do
HAYLEY SCANLAN Fashion designer Dundee fashion designer Hayley Scanlan’s fierce yet feminine designs have taken the fashion world by storm. She’s been featured in Vogue, has been twice named Young Scottish Designer of the Year and runs her own shop in Dundee.
“Fashion design is something I always wanted to do, it’s in my blood,” she says.
“My gran was a dressmaker. She taught me and before I even went to school I was making clothes for my Barbie.
“It’s a really tough industry to work in though. I became pregnant after I graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and raising my sons in London on my own just wasn’t an option.
“I’m an ordinary girl from Dundee but I’ve managed to stay here and build up my business and brand by working really hard. I have a studio here and the shop is doing very well.
“It shows you don’t really need to have lots of money or be in a huge city like London to build your career in Scotland.
“I actually collaborated with the V&A London two years ago and the V&A in Dundee helped launch one of my labels in 2012.
“I think the V&A will help champion and raise the profile of home-grown talent because they will have a whole section dedicated to Scottish design.”