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All Walks Beyond the Catwalk


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A creator and manufacturer of tulle and lace in Caudy in northern France since 1887, Sophie Hallette has been producing some of the world's finest lace for over a century. The company continues to set a standard for high-quality craftsmanship and their lace was used for the wedding dresses of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Amal Alamuddin, who recently married George Clooney. It is regularly chosen by the fashion houses of Louis Vuitton, Dior, Chloé and Versace, amongst others. Sophie Hallette lace is still woven today on traditional looms, which are over 100 years old. As well as supplying the lace used within this exhibition, Sophie Hallette also generously sponsored the production of the exhibition booklet. The University of Edinburgh and National Galleries of Scotland are both enormously grateful for this support.

New Media Scotland are partners in this exhibition with the University of Edinburgh and the National Galleries of Scotland. New Media Scotland is the national development agency fostering artist and audience engagement with all forms of new media practice. Their programme supports forms of emergent practice that seeks to innovate and challenge, aesthetically, technically and conceptually.

The University of Edinburgh and National Galleries of Scotland are hugely grateful for the support of All Walks Beyond the Catwalk. Founded by Caryn Franklin MBE, Debra Bourne and Erin O'Connor in 2009, All Walks challenges fashion industry dependence on one body ideal, using inspirational press campaigns that feature a broader range of sizes, ages and skin tones. Through educational work, and close links with universities, All Walks empower undergraduates to change practice within their chosen field and embody diversity.