Student to wear kilt in Derbyshire-inspired tartan designed by mum for graduation ceremony

Cameron Trotter 504x257 "I’ve tried the kilt on and I’m excited to wear it at my graduation." Cameron Trotter, Mechanical Engineering student

Date posted: 11 January 2016

A student at the University of Derby will take to the stage at his graduation ceremony this week wearing a kilt made from a Derbyshire-inspired tartan designed by his mum.

Cameron Trotter’s mum Fiona, who is a tailor, designed the multi-coloured tartan to celebrate and help promote the Made in Derbyshire 2015 campaign.

And Cameron, 26, will wear the kilt when he graduates with a 2:1 honours Mechanical Engineering degree on Friday (January 15) at Derby Arena, as part of the University’s three day Award Ceremony celebrations.

Fiona Trotter, who runs her business Tweeds with Style from her Ripley home, said: “Last year I came up with the idea to design a tartan especially for Derbyshire.

“We are originally from the Isle of Harris, in the north of Scotland, but moved to Derbyshire three years ago. I have been working with Harris Tweed since 1998 designing and making bespoke garments but I wanted to create something different.

“Cameron will be the first person to wear a kilt made from the Derbyshire tartan. It will be an exciting and proud moment seeing him graduate and even more so when he is wearing something in the tartan which I designed.”

Fiona, 57, said she was inspired to design a tartan using specific colours to represent the countryside, moors and industrial heritage of Derbyshire.

She incorporated green to represent the Derbyshire landscape, red to signify the industrial heritage of the county including Midland Railway and the red brick of the Derwent Valley Mills, black to represent the coal that was mined in the county and white to symbolise the limestone quarries.

The purple and blue colours were used to represent the famous Derbyshire Blue John mineral and yellow to signify the Tudor rose emblem of the Derbyshire flag.

After the design was accepted by the Scottish Tartan Register and registered with the Intellectual Property Office, the tartan was woven by a mill in Yorkshire.

The cloth was then sent to renowned Houston Kiltmakers, in Paisley, in Scotland, to be made into the very first kilt.

Fiona added: “It has been a lot of hard work. From designing to the final product, it has taken nine months.”

Cameron, who studied the final year of his degree at Derby after completing the first three years of his course in Scotland, said: “I am a piper in the Nottinghamshire Police Pipe Band so I am used to wearing a kilt but this is something different. It was my idea to wear it at my graduation.

“I really like the look of the tartan and the different vibrant colours and how they flow when made into a kilt.

“I’ve tried the kilt on and I’m excited to wear it at my graduation. Graduation is a day to remember as it is about celebrating your success but this will be even more memorable – I don’t think many other students can say they wore a kilt made by their mum on their graduation day!”

Fiona is now working towards a series of projects with the tartan, culminating in a fashion show in October 2016.

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