Scottish luxury womenswear designer, Henrietta Ludgate, has already gained an impressive number of awards and built a formidable reputation with high end retailers in a short space of time. Henrietta is now an established and respected rising star on the international scene.
Henrietta, a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art, began her fashion career working as a stylist and costume designer. During her first appearance at London Fashion Week Henrietta was awarded the EFF ‘Fashion Innovation Award’, for London Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2010. The award was judged by leading industry experts including maestro Roland Mouret and Dolly Jones from Vogue. This year Henrietta won ‘Young Designer of the Year’ at the 2011 Scottish Fashion Awards.
2011 has also seen support for Henrietta amongst celebrities increase. Livia Firth wore two of Henrietta’s dresses in the run up to the Oscars as part of Vogue’s Green Carpet Challenge. Livia also commissioned Henrietta to design the dress she wore to dine with HRH the Queen, Barack and Michelle Obama. Henrietta has dressed the following on the red carpet – Livia Firth, film producer and creative director of Eco Age; Downton Abbey actress Elizabeth McGovern; 30 Rock actress Katrina Bowden; singer/songwriter Emeli Sande; Cat Cubie from BBC Scotland and Laura Bailey, model and Vogue contributor.
Henrietta’s success at London Fashion Week has lead to her collections being shown at the international fashion weeks of Milan and Paris. Her clothes are now sold globally in 15 luxury speciality and department boutiques, including leading Italian stores Penelope, Sugar and Yoox.com; where her label sits alongside cutting edge luxury designs from Holly Fulton and Christopher Kane.
Henrietta’s flair for structural design, the minimalistic form and her uncanny ability to design with a real sense of her Scottish Heritage make her one of the most unique and inspirational designers of her generation. An ethos of supporting Scottish craftsmanship is central to her work, with fabrics sourced from within the British Isles and all pieces produced locally. When you buy a Henrietta Ludgate creation you are not only investing in the British Textile industry but also supporting traditional skills and providing employment for local communities.
A champion of slow fashion, Henrietta’s minimalist silhouette remains hauntingly elegant and distinctive while at the same time retaining an undeniable modernity. She draws inspiration from Elsa Schiaparelli, and her vision of fashion as architecture; that clothing should be ‘closely connected to the contours of the body’.