Taking inspiration from her own Scottish ancestry, Corrie Neilson named her collection after the ancient manuscript on Scottish clan tartans ‘Vestiarium Scoticum’ and blends medieval Scottish styles with her own signature sculptural forms.


Tartan was of course present:

The Menzies tartan kept with the black and white colour palette of the collection and the Burns Check just added a faint touch of Hodden Grey and green. 

Bringing a blast of colour to the collection was the red Royal Stewart tartan and multi Maclellan tartan. Black tulle overlay added texture and drama to the tartan, but this can be removed to create a more wearable everyday piece. For example: remove the tulle and the high-necked evening gown is transformed into a tailored knee-length fitted tartan day dress.

The Royal Stewart tartan was also chosen especially, as homage to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, creating a short kilt with a dot and lace overlay.
Nielsen shows she’s dotty over the Burns Check with this Juliette sleeved jacket. But then her grandmother is a Burns. 

Key Pieces:

Sweeping the floor in bold and dramatic statements, the Le Cigale oversized skirt in monochrome tartan and the deep purple Duchess satin voluminous floor length cape.

High neck conical neckerchief blouse in silk grosgrain with lace overlay. Teamed with tartan pencil skirt.

Most wearable everyday pieces:

This Burns check blouse and black pencil skirt would make a seriously stylish outfit for the office

For a versatile day to evening outfit, remove the detachable scarf from the white blouse during the day and add back on for the evening.

Check out the tiny leather beaded clutch bag in matching tartan fabric. These were made exclusively for Nielsen by Sophia Beckford. 

The striking tartan design face laces were created by Phyllis Cohen.

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This high-necked sculptured dress in Royal Stewart tartan will keep you warm whilst looking glamorous. 

Teamed with the dark tulle is quite dramatic but it is detachable – replace it with a shawl, cape or pashmina. A tartan always looks good with thick tights or wear with boots.

The matching tartan clutch is gorgeous but you may want to replace it with a larger tote bag to keep all your racing essentials in. 

And don’t worry if you’re not Scottish, the Royal Stewart is the Queen’s personal tartan and as her subjects we are allowed to wear it. 

Or if you prefer a more subtle look, this black coat dress is of a similar structural design and cuts a sophisticated style especially worn with the hat designed by Emma Yeo. 

For information on where to buy any of the collection pieces email info@corrienielsen.com 

Photographs by Christopher Dadey.







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