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Fashion designer sets up school for new talent

JON SAVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY 
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14H April   2014
Edinburgh

models names
Leah  Ferguson from Haddington

East Lothian's celebrated fashion designer Jacqui Burke's new collection   celebrates the natural beauty of East Lothian  and its animals.
The new collection is called Reflections of Nature and is inspired by the county's outstanding natural scenery  and  the  beautiful collection of horses from KARELE (Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning) based in Haddington. 


This school poem has all become a major influence for her collection.


As I was walking up the hill,
I saw a pony there,
It was black and white and spotted bright,
With long golden hair.


Jacqui Burke P3
Dunbar Primary School

Published in the school magazine 1971


The girls who modelled the collection are all from the family run firm KARELE and are all sisters
 Jacqui  has  always been inspired by her environment and has always photographed my collections in Dunbar and my surrounding area.
Jacqui  is born an

JON SAVAGE PHOTOGRAPHY 07762 580971 www.jonsavagephotography.com 14H April 2014 Edinburgh models names Leah Ferguson from Haddington East Lothian's celebrated fashion designer Jacqui Burke's new collection celebrates the natural beauty of East Lothian and its animals. The new collection is called Reflections of Nature and is inspired by the county's outstanding natural scenery and the beautiful collection of horses from KARELE (Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning) based in Haddington. This school poem has all become a major influence for her collection. As I was walking up the hill, I saw a pony there, It was black and white and spotted bright, With long golden hair. Jacqui Burke P3 Dunbar Primary School Published in the school magazine 1971 The girls who modelled the collection are all from the family run firm KARELE and are all sisters Jacqui has always been inspired by her environment and has always photographed my collections in Dunbar and my surrounding area. Jacqui is born an

A fashion designer is looking to inspire the next generation of talent by setting up a studio for those wanting to follow in her footsteps.

International designer and naturalist Jacqui Burke, 49, will be launching The Jacqui Burke Fashion School in Dunbar this August.

Students on the 30-week course will learn everything they need to know about designing and tailoring for high fashion.

Ms Burke, who works with the likes of Selfridges and Harvey Nichols, will also be giving the students the chance to work with real orders that could spring them into the designer spotlight.

“I’m teaching through doing so they all have orders to do so the school will sustain itself,” she explained.

The mum-of-three is renowned for her collections at London Fashion Week and has been teaching students between the ages of six and 80 for the last 13 years after having children Ariea, 15, and twins Roman and Anique, 13.

She said: “I have always wanted to have a design and production team in Dunbar because there’s a real lack of it in East Lothian despite the market being worth £57 billion.”

Ms Burke, who has a degree in clothing studies, said she was originally told she should be a secretary but followed her dream of becoming a fashion designer instead. “I was always making people clothes or taking in my mum’s skirts and people’s jeans,” she explained.

“I remember going to the career advisor in school and telling her I wanted to do something like fashion and she told me to go and be a secretary.”

Current student and make-up artist, Sarah Ryba, 31, of Dunbar, said she was looking forward to starting the new course.

She said: “It’s amazing – it’s something I never had the chance to do when I was at school and I have always wanted to be a fashion designer.”

Ms Burke showcased her work last month when her latest collection went on show as part of the successful John Festival, at the town’s old library.

 

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