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Paisley showcased in Scottish Fashion 50 list

Paisley is famous in the fashion world for being the hometown of the Paisley Pattern – but the town has also produced a range of pioneering designers and tastemakers.

This has been recognised as a number of Paisley sons, daughters and entrepreneurs with strong ties to the town were named in The Herald’s Scottish Fashion 50 list.

Paisley is currently bidding to be UK City of Culture 2021 and the bid aims to use the town’s unique heritage and cultural story to transform its future.

The Fashion 50 list focuses on individuals who have made contributions to the fashion industry and society, and Paisley’s rich culture and creativity features prominently.  

Playwright and artist John Byrne was ranked at number 13 on the list, while designer Pam Hogg, who has dressed superstars including Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Kate Moss, came in at number 24.

Paisley-born photographer Rankin, who famously captured The Queen at Buckingham Palace in 2002 to commemorate her Golden Jubilee, was named 22nd, while Paisley PACE youth theatre attendee and Hollywood star James McAvoy was ranked 25th.

(PACE youth theatre)

Scotland ReDesigned entrepreneur Chris Hunt, who was an Inspirer for InCube - Invest in Renfrewshire’s business programme to launch and grow creative retail businesses - and creator of the special PaisleyMake fashion and textile festival, also made the list at number 34.

Weaver Begg & Co, which was founded in Paisley in 1866 by Alex Begg, has become famous for shawls and cashmere products. Its designs have even been worn by the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

You can see The Herald’s Scottish Fashion 50 list in full and take a closer look at the range of Paisley names to feature here.