A FASHION designer’s exhibition, exploring the relationship between East Lothian’s fishing and textile industries, has opened its doors.

Owen Edward Snaith’s Incentive is at Haddington’s John Gray Centre until January next year.

The free exhibition examines the two industries and how they inspired his eponymous London Fashion Week (June 2022) collection.

Named after the fishing boat of Edward Johnstone – who for decades braved the North Sea to provide for his family – the exhibition features textile samples from historic fabric mills of East Lothian and archival fishing memorabilia from the Scottish east coast alongside pieces from the Incentive London Fashion Week collection they inspired.

Described as an ode to the fishing communities, the exhibition presents the product of collaborations between the craftspeople working to preserve its heritage in the modern age.

East Lothian Courier: Owen Edward Snaith's exhibition is currently open at the John Gray CentreOwen Edward Snaith's exhibition is currently open at the John Gray Centre

Highlights include a kilt in the newly registered Incentive tartan, made out of 100 per cent Scottish handwoven wool developed in collaboration with Alloa-based weaver ‘Taffled Threads’ and local kiltmakers Gordon and Louise Nicolson of ‘Nicolson Kiltmakers’.

The work documents the creative process underpinning his collection and it is described in promotional materials as “a romantic tale of a queer boy navigating his way way through a Scottish fishing town”.