Since it was founded in 1815, Pringle of Scotland has always been known for their signature argyle pattern and iconic knitwear.
They have been knitting cashmere since the 1870s - even helping to coin the term "knitwear" - and their innovative intarsia argyle design was popular with the jetsetting Duke of Windsor and his fashionable set of the day. Style icons like Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot were also fans of their sporty two-piece cardi from the 30s which became the classic twinset that remains timelessly stylish to this day.
The brand has now partnered with London's prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design on a two-part project dubbed "The Pringle Archive 1815-2010".
BA students in the Fashion History & Theory course will be researching and cataloging the existing company archive, and also hosting "Pringle Day of Record" on August 12th in the Scottish knitwear town of Hawick where members of the community are invited to bring in their generations-old Pringle styles and memorabilia to be recorded and help round out the archive. The MA Fashion & Design students will then start to design and create modern interpretations of iconic archive pieces.
Look for a curated exhibition of key archive discoveries and reworked styles on display during London Fashion Week in February 2011. "We at Pringle are elated to have Central Saint Martins take such an active role in developing our archives," adds CEO Mary Adair Macaire. "Pringle has a rich and innovative past. Access to this can only serve to inform and inspire our future. Many, many thanks to Louise Wilson, to Alistair O'Neill and all students involved - for their enthusiasm, scholarship and fresh ideas." PringleScotland.com.
- Lesley Scott
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