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Glasgow 2014 unveils stunning dress created for Games by Scots designer

Glasgow 2014 has unveiled the stunning dress created by renowned Scots designer Kerry Nixon which will be worn by female Medal Bearers at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.

Glasgow-born Kerry is the creative force behind the designs which will be worn in the Medal Ceremonies and showcased on the world stage, seen by around 1.5 billion television viewers around the globe.

The dress, which has been a closely guarded secret and kept under wraps for many months before its unveiling today, (Thursday 27 March) is vibrant and stylish and made in the Official Glasgow 2014 Tartan.

The tartan design was printed onto the fabric for the dresses by the prestigious Centre of Advanced Textiles at the Glasgow School of Art.

The female Medal Bearer's role includes leading procession members to the podium and carrying the medals awarded to the athletes.

Kerry Nixon launched in 2006 with a dazzling winter collection for “Vidler & Nixon”. In the following years the brand was stocked by prestigious international retailers, gaining global acclaim for its unique and innovative tailoring, sought after by fashion insiders and A-list stars. In 2011 Kerry’s passion for design and love of fashion lead her into a career as a stylist. Her work can now be seen on several high profile actresses on the red carpet. 

Games organisers are thrilled to have Kerry bringing her own unique style to creating a memorable look for the ceremonies at the heart of Glasgow 2014.

The medal-bearer's dress was designed to reflect the youthful nature of the Games and to pay homage to Glasgow's vibrant art and fashion scene.

David Grevemberg, Chief Executive of Glasgow 2014, said:

“Glasgow 2014 has been fortunate to work with Kerry Nixon, a globally acclaimed designer, on the design of the dresses to be worn by our female Medal Bearers.  Kerry’s creation is everything we could have wanted – stylish, contemporary and fun.  Her use of The Official Glasgow 2014 Tartan and collaboration with the Scottish textile industry is admirable and consistent with our desire to showcase Scottish style and creativity.”

Kerry said:

"I’m delighted to be a part of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games.  It’s a huge honour for me to design and now showcase the Medal Bearer’s dress and represent my hometown of Glasgow at such an exciting time for the City.”

Kerry is also responsible for the styling of the male Medal Bearers.

The images of Kerry’s dress have been captured by renowned celebrity photographer Nicole Nodland. Nicole started her career as the personal photographer to Prince.  She recently shot Lana Del Ray's album cover and her clients include Vogue (British), Glamour (French), Elle (Italian), Sunday Telegraph and many more.

Model Brigid McGaw, who was the first to model the dress, is one of many bright young Scots stamping their mark on the fashion industry. She was studying medicine at Edinburgh University when an agency spotted her.

Brigid, who was compared to Kate Moss, graduated in her degree and was Scottish Model of The Year in 2007. She is currently undertaking her GP training with the London Imperial scheme.