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Designer shortlisted for award

Sandra Murray (Pic: Sandra Murray)
The designer lives in Inverness with her husband, Duncan

A designer from the Highlands and Islands said she was "very flattered" to be short listed for an honour at the Scottish Fashion Awards.

Lewis-born Sandra Murray, who lives and works in Inverness, has been included in the textile brand category.

Award winners will be announced at a ceremony on 29 June.

Ms Murray made a thistle-coloured outfit for the Queen for the official opening of the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh in 1999.

The eldest of four children, the designer's father is a retired boat builder and former college lecturer and her mother ran a knitwear business.

She studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art and her early career was as an art teacher, before turning to fashion design.

A bikini made from Harris Tweed was showcased at last year's Cannes Film Festival.

Earlier this year, her work was centre stage at a National Trust for Scotland event in New York.

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