‘Best plaid plans’: Review of Gray’s students Trump tartan designs

A representative of Trump International - Scotland and an internationally-renowned interior designer will review designs developed by fashion and textile students at Robert Gordon University's Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen, for a Trump International - Scotland corporate tartan today (Wednesday 20 October).

Sarah Riley Trump TartanSarah Malone, Executive Vice-President of Trump International - Scotland and Mikhail Pietranek, a leading designer in the field of tartan and interiors, will visit Gray's to review student portfolios in order to evaluate and select designs to take forward to the next level of the project.

The third and fourth year students were dealt the task of designing a new corporate tartan which may become part of the identity and branding of Trump International - Scotland earlier this year, and have been hard at work over the past few months creating portfolios.

Students were briefed to take inspiration from Donald Trump's golf vision and passion for Scotland, and to use colours that reflect the North-east coastline, Trump's worldwide portfolio and 500 years of golfing heritage.

The design brief also highlighted that the new tartan should be created with a view to being used within the club house and hotel interiors at the new golf site near Aberdeen. The new design may also be incorporated into golf wear and resort merchandise, and must complement the existing Trump family tartan (Macleod).

Four groups, consisting of six undergraduate third and fourth year fashion and textiles students, have created portfolios which contain moods and colour boards, various tartan designs, and products that the students think the tartans will work on, from golf bags to hotel furnishings.

Bringing his expertise in tartan fabrics to the project is Mikhail Pietranek, who manufactures fine fabrics and soft furnishings featuring various tartans.

Based at his showroom in Ballater, Mikhail has designed tartan and interiors for hotels in Edinburgh, apartments in London and private homes and villas as far afield as Monaco and Lebanon.

Mikhail also holds a royal warrant and was previously commissioned by Prince Charles to refurbish Birkhall at Balmoral.

Mikhail explains: "I'm really looking forward to viewing the result of the students' hard work and am especially keen to see how they have applied their tartan designs to the project brief. I hope I can impart my knowledge and expertise in creating tartans that stand the test of time.

"This project is a great opportunity for young designers of the future to engage with a real business brief and gain hands-on experience."

Also on hand to evaluate the students' work will be Rachel Singer, Lecturer in Fashion and Textiles, who has supervised the students.

Rachel adds: "The students have come up with some very striking designs and have shown real commitment to this project. We are delighted to be working with such a prominent global brand on this project, which has proved to be a real learning experience for our students.

"Bringing an ancient fabric such as tartan to the attention of our young design students is not only vital to ensure its continued use but to the future success of both Scotland's textile and tourism industries."

After reviewing the students work, designs will be selected to take forward to the next stage of the project, and the process of transforming tartan designs on paper into real fabric will begin.