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2003-Jul-08: Dr. Stella McCartney

Stella McCartney was awarded an honorary LLD, a Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Dundee at Sadler's Wells in Islington, North  London    in recognition "for her services to design and to honor her  innovative  design  [and for serving as ] an inspiration to students."   Upon  receiving the  honor from university chancellor Sir James Black during  a ceremony at the Estorick Gallery in London, Stella said:       
"I am very very proud. I wouldn't have thought it. This  is the sort of thing you don't imagine when you are a kid in college.  It's a massive honor to be an inspiration to anyone.

After the ceremony, Stella met with some Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design students.  Stella, dressed for the event in a tailored black trouser suit and white shirt, was given a preview of the student's work.  Afterward, Stella said:

"It was wonderful looking at their work. I am looking forward to seeing more."

And the students were impressed with meeting Stella.  One student, Tissany Boz stated:

"The speech was very inspirational  and less nerve-racking than I thought it would be.  She said that design was something that used to be a scary thing  for people to tell their parents they wanted to do but there are so many more options in design now. It's more likely that you can make a living out of it."

Student Hillary Brown was given the opportunity to show Stella some of her constructive textile work.  What did Stella think of it?  According to Hillary:

"She said they were lovely and we were chatting about her graduation. She said I should keep going with the textiles and that I was  at the beginning of a very long and successful career.  She was very down to earth and very positive about the whole experience."

(kindly submitted by PLUGGED correspondent Joan M. Hopkins)


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