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Designer juggles job with fashion

posted 4 Jan 2010, 04:03 by David Rintoul   [ updated 4 Jan 2010, 04:51 ]

By day she is a security guard, casting a watchful eye over proceedings at Scottish Government HQ and providing a familiar face to staff and visitors.

But most people will be unaware that Irene Wadsworth's alter-ego as quirky fashion designer means she is not just well-known within St Andrew's House, but across the globe.

Ms Wadsworth's talent for producing bespoke clothing, bags and accessories earned her the accolade of becoming the official designer for Homecoming Scotland.

The talented seamstress produced her trademark corset top and bustle skirt in the Homecoming tartan – and it won her the right to show it at the prestigious Dressed to Kilt fashion show, hosted by Sir Sean Connery, in New York.

Her design was chosen by Obama Girl – aka actress and model Amber Lee Ettinger, who shot to fame after producing an internet video – during her stint on the catwalk, and it immediately attracted worldwide attention.

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