Team Scotland To Step Out In Style at 2018 Commonwealth Games
Team Scotland is set to step out in style at the Opening Ceremony of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games next April, with its new parade uniform created in collaboration with bespoke tartan manufacturers House of Edgar and multi-award winning Scottish fashion designer Siobhan Mackenzie.
With Christmas Day set to mark 100 days until the start of the Games, the exciting new look was unveiled at The Gleneagles Hotel, with track and field stars Lynsey Sharp and Andrew Butchart. Gymnastics is one of 18 sports at the Games which begin on Wednesday 4 April and close on Sunday 15 April. As the last Commonwealth Games hosts, Scotland will be the first team to walk out into the Opening Ceremony at the Carrara Stadium.
Following the tradition of creating a distinctive new tartan for each Games, the 2018 tartan was designed by Team Scotland in collaboration with House of Edgar of Perth and woven at their Isle Mill in Keith, Moray. It reflects Team Scotland’s brand colours of blue, purple, magenta and green, with green also an acknowledgement of Australia’s traditional sportswear colour.
The men’s kilts have also been manufactured by House of Edgar, who previously made the 2014 Team Scotland and Glasgow 2014 official tartans. However to ensure that the women’s outfit showcases a mix of tradition but with a modern twist, Team Scotland commissioned Siobhan Mackenzie, named ’Best New Scottish Designer 2016’, to create a stunning new look. The contemporary design has the tartan cut on the bias on the front and vibrant purple pleats on the back. In tune with the relaxed Gold Coast style and to suit the likely warm weather conditions, the kilts will be worn with a bespoke matching polo shirt.
Photograph courtesy of Team Scotland/copyright Alistair Devine