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Compost clothing taken to catwalk

Model wearing eco-clothing
The clothes can be worn in the garden and then thrown on a compost heap

Fashion students in the Scottish Borders have designed a range of clothes to be worn in the garden and then thrown on a compost heap.

The biodegradable outfits are on show at the Gardening Scotland exhibition at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh.

Students at Heriot Watt University's School of Textile and Design in Galashiels came up with the clothes.

They are part of an eco-fashion show taking place in BBC Scotland's Beechgrove Theatre at the event.

The students have produced two collections entitled Gardening Meets Haute Couture and Gardening Clothing Using Green Fibres.

They were challenged to make the clothes using organically produced or eco-friendly fabrics.

'Actually wearable'

A range of materials including hemp and potato starch were used to put together the outfits.

The project involved year two students on the BSc Clothing, Design and Manufacturing course.

Each one produced two garments for the show.

According to director of learning and teaching Jayne Smith the challenge was to make "something a gardener would actually wear".

Gardening Scotland 2008 runs from 30 May to 1 June at the Royal Highland Centre in Ingliston.

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