Oct 15 2012 By Lynn Jolly
Talented hat maker Paula Cooper has used her head to help launch a new culture initiative.
Milliner Paula, from Hunterhill, Paisley, runs a business called Pea Cooper Millinery and she has joined nine other promising Scottish fashion designers to benefit from Fashion Foundry.
This is a project ran by Cultural Enterprise Office, Scotland’s specialist provider of business support to creative micro businesses and cultural practitioners, in association with Wasps Studios.
Over the next 18 months, it will support the group in developing their businesses to target the lucrative luxury market both at home and overseas.
After graduating in 2006 Paula moved to Melbourne, in Australia, to work with Richard Nylon and in 2009 was nominated for International Milliner of the Year.
She went on to win Best Collection of the Year. In 2011, she was nominated for a Scottish Fashion Award and has been ranked in the top 40 designers in Scotland by Textiles Scotland.
Her hats have been featured in British, Turkish, Russian and Spanish Vogue and have been shown at Melbourne and London fashion weeks.
Launching the initiative, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop, said: “Scotland is a creative nation with a vibrant textiles industry – underpinned by quality, diversity, innovation and design – which supports 9,300 jobs and directly contributes £314 million to the Scottish economy.
“Fashion Foundry will give
ten of our best emerging fashion and textile designers the entrepreneurial skills, business knowledge and commercial opportunities they need to expand in to key markets.
“ I am delighted to launch this innovative scheme in this, our Year of Creative Scotland.”
Jennifer Kent, from Brookfield, and Lauren Day, from Houston, are also involved.