Sandra Murray MBE – from Lewis to Milan

Fashion, Style

Sandra Murray MBE is a couturier based in Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. Raised on Lewis, in the Outer Hebrides, her father was a boat builder and her mother ran a knitwear business; she was immersed in a world of creativity and the beauty of the handmade from an early age.  Influenced from the beginning of her career by the romance and mystery of  the wild Scottish landscape, she creates luxurious clothing for women in tweed, cashmere, lace, silk, and velvet. She is passionate about materials, and sources the finest from Scotland and Europe, travelling regularly to Paris and Milan. Her clothing has appeared regularly in international showcases, she has designed for HM the Queen, and in 2009 she was awarded an MBE for service to fashion and textiles.

Sandra sees herself as an artist (her training was originally in Fine Art at Glasgow School of Art) and approaches her work as a painter would a blank canvas. Working in close collaboration with her clients, she creates garments that are unique to them; complex and beautiful, built up in layers; lace upon silk; wool and velvet upon layers of tulle. Her designs range from her signature frockcoats and kiltdresses, to cocktail dresses, elegant evening dresses and heritage tartan bodices with dramatic full length tulle skirts.

She recently created a remarkable capsule wardrobe for award -winning Gaelic singing star Julie Fowlis, for her red carpet appearances at the global premieres of Disney• Pixar’s ‘Brave’ in LA, Edinburgh and Inverness, including a cocktail dress in gold lace and an interpretation of her signature kiltdress in Loch Ness tartan, lace and tulle. Fowlis then went on to wear a frockcoat by Sandra in US St Andrews tartan at the closing ceremony of the Ryder Cup in Chicago.  Sandra has just started a new collaboration with a London-based tailor, creating exclusive designs based on her signature trenchcoats and jackets. Details of the collection will be revealed soon.

To complement her bespoke and couture commissions, Sandra provides a full styling service, including sourcing all accessories from her own range of bags, gloves, and scarves or from other contemporary artisans and designers such as Parisian glove maker Maison Fabre and shoe designer Terry de Havilland. Sandra is also available to conduct masterclasses and lectures on the art of couture, in English or Gaelic.

To contact Sandra regarding a bespoke garment, to arrange a masterclass, or for further information please visit: www.sandramurray.co.uk

Braenish coat by Sandra Murray, copyright Janette Beckman

Braenish coat by Sandra Murray, © Janette Beckman


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