Clothing Drive for Na Mo Chuid Aodaich!

23 November 2011

Clothing Drive for Na Mo Chuid Aodaich!

Pròiseact nan Ealan (The Gaelic Arts Agency) and An Leanag (An Lòchran, Comhairle nan Leabhraichean, Bòrd na Gàidhlig and Iomairt Ghàidhlig Ghlaschu) are initiating a call for contributions of 20th century clothing to be featured in the upcoming Na Mo Chuid Aodaich project which is to take place in Glasgow on Saturday 10th December.

The event is an expansion of the award-winning formula which proved so successful in the Isle of Lewis in 2009, netting two awards at the recent Scottish Events Awards. This time around Proiseact nan Ealan have extended the scope of the project, which is to take place in various other locations around Scotland.

The drama element of the fashion show is a period piece written by Christeen Combe under the guidance of Chrisella Ross. It depicts a light-hearted tale of two ladies in 1940s Glasgow, told with the distinctly Highland flavour of those migrants who made their living in the city in the previous century.

The project is appealing for any contributions of clothing from attics, closets and bottom drawers to be loaned for the duration of the project, during which they will have new life breathed into them by models during the fashion show. It is hoped that the response from the city will be as overwhelming as it was for the previous project, which unearthed a wealth of wedding dresses and high fashion gems from church hats, uniforms and Victorian underwear to ball gowns, 1960's Mary Quant outfits and elegant contemporary designs. Superstars of the Gaelic world such as Cathy "Bhàn" Macdonald, Rhoda Macdonald, Kenna Campbell Tilly McLure, Mina Smith, Patsi Mackenzie, Jo Macdonald and Anne Lorne Gillies have already contributed several beautiful articles of clothing which were featured in the publicity brochure, which is available from the organizers.

The shows in Lewis raised a staggering £12,000 for Crossroads Care, and the Glasgow show will be raising money for the Beatson Oncology Centre Fund which provides care to those in need at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre.

The show will be taking place at Glasgow University Union on December 10th 2011. Anyone wishing to provide clothing, assist on the evening or purchase tickets should contact An Leanag - Sìne NicGillEathainn/Rosemary Ward, An Leanag, 22 Mansefield Street, Partick, Glasgow G21 4JJ. Email:; Phone: 0141 339 2022


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