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Harris Tweed has been given a new global platform through a unique collaboration between the British Fashion Council and Google to “bring to life the creativity, heritage and craftsmanship of British fashion.”


A new digital educational platform called British Fashion aims to bring new talent into the industry by creating “a single destination to educate and inspire future generations of young fashion creatives, designers and students.”


The online exhibition at has already been viewed by tens of thousands of fashionistas in more than 30 countries and reported on by scores of leading publications including Vogue, Elle and Drapers.


Shawbost-based Harris Tweed Hebrides is one of the select band of leading British fashion and textiles companies invited to take part alongside other leading icons and brands, ranging from Burberry and Vivienne Westwood to Alexander McQueen and Victoria Beckham.


The Shawbost mill’s promotional video is so far the eighth most-watched on the site, around the world, and has attracted a large number of inquiries for further information.  


Amit Sood, director of Google’s Cultural Institute, said: “British fashion has such a unique and revered place within the international fashion industry, and is hugely rich in context, characters, icons and stories. It’s been a joy to work on this project and bring its distinct textures and tales to life through technology, so that now even more people around the world can enjoy it.”


Harris Tweed Hebrides’ brand development director, Margaret Ann MacLeod, said: “We welcome every opportunity to educate the next generation of designers and consumers in the unique qualities of Harris Tweed.


“The power of Google will ensure that our video and the story of Harris Tweed are communicated to a new and influential audience, so we were delighted to be invited to take part in this elite project.”


Google and Harris Tweed weave celebration of British fashion

29 December 2016