Peter Pan, the lovable character who refuses to grow up needs no formal introduction. Now this Dumfries mansion, which was the inspiration for this children’s classic story is being overhauled and the best part is that the public can give their opinions and suggestions to make the Moat Brae house in Dumfries as lovable as the character of Peter Pan.
The Moat Brae property was purchased for £1 by a trust trying to create an “attraction of international significance”. Author JM Barrie has credited the gardens at the building as the inspiration for his famous work. The building, previously owned by Loreburn Housing Association who planned a residential development, was later sold to the Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust (PPMBT).
The plans for the renovation of the site were on display at St George’s Church Hall in Dumfries between 1300 and 1600 GMT on Monday and the public showed keen interest in the ambitious overhauling plans, which include a visitor centre, shop and a flat for respite care of sick children. It when completed will be a great tourist attraction that would attract both the young and the young at heart who are on a Peter Pan trail!
It was all about creative designs and trendy style, at the “City Meets Country, Scotland Means Style” competition. This competition showcased the different creations of the students, from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York during the Scotland Week.
This colourful event was sponsored by the Scottish Development International, in which students were asked to design garments for evening wear, sports wear and city wear all using Scottish fabrics. Other than that, another competition to create a penthouse suite for the students of interior designing was also there.
The winners were later announced by the Minister for Culture and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop. The award for the winners included a chance to spend a week with one of the leading textile companies, along with a placement with one of the top Scottish interior design studio.
Being known for its fabrics, Scotland remains home to a mix of brands and fashion houses, which makes it a part of the fashion and textile industry. All the designs at the event were designed incorporating Scottish landscape and patterns, adding more charm to the show. There were all sorts of design and patterns including traditional style to contemporary collection of garments.
This show not only showcased the style and pattern of Scottish fabrics and designs in New York, but it also highlighted, the richness of Scotland at the global platform. It was also seen that, this show will also help the students of US to design more innovative and creative designs using Scottish fabrics.