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Cherry tartan designs go on show in Edinburgh

Gray's School of Art fashion design
Image caption One of the Gray's School of Art designs using the cherry tartan

Clothing featuring a cherry blossom tartan created for the Japanese market are to be displayed in Edinburgh.

Fashion students at Robert Gordon University's Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen designed the clothes.

Students from Edinburgh's Heriot-Watt University will choreograph the show to be attended by the Japanese consulate general for Scotland.

It is the first event of its kind in Scotland and aims to strength links between the country and Japan.

The show is being held in St Thomas of Aquin's High School.

Organisers include Edinburgh-based company Sakura Scotland and the Thomas Glover Foundation.

Fraserburgh-born Glover was a key figure in 19th Century Japan.

Tartans designer David McGill, from Edinburgh, Shizue Melvin, from Japan, and her businessman husband John came up with the design for the cherry blossom tartan called sakura.

As well as the fashion show there will be origami workshops, kimono demonstrations and snacks made by parents of a playgroup set up for Japanese people living in Edinburgh.

Money raised from the event will go to the charity Scotland Love in Action.

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