Below is a partial list of the individuals that have been invited to participate in the April 2024 Dressed to Kilt Fashion Show. Many of them have already confirmed. As always, the final runway line-up will continue to expand over the coming months, so keep coming back to see updates.
Chelsie Allison is the stunning 26-year-old from Inverness who has been crowned Miss Scotland 2023. Throughout this year’s competition she had helped raise awareness and donations for her chosen charity, Highland Hospice. She is now preparing to represent Scotland in the upcoming Miss World in India
This Canadian/American band is one of the leading Celtic Rock bands in the world. They have taken their high-energy music from Scotland to Japan, Italy to Guam, Spain to Cuba, into the Middle East and all across North America. They also have a history of raising funds for veteran’s organizations
Shea-Lynne is originally from Chatham, Ontario, and she is a world-renowned ice dancer and choreographer. If you look at all the titles and competitions that she has won, it goes on for two full pages. Together with her skating partner Victor Kraatz, they won more than 10 Canadian National Titles and they competed in three different Olympic games. She and her partner were the first North American ice dancers to win a World Championship. She has skated solo in shows all around the world, from Switzerland to Japan and she has also competed in figure skating TV reality shows. She is also now a member of the Skate Canada Hall of Fame. Since retiring from competitive skating she has become a renowned choreographer, choreographing programs for both Olympic Champions and World Champions. She is now considered the best ice skating choreographer in the world.
Neve is an award-winning Canadian actress from Guelph, Ontario and she happened to have the good fortune of having a Scottish father from Glasgow. She is best known for her work in the drama and horror genres. She relocated to the US to play the role of Julia Salinger in the Fox teen drama series “Party of Five”, which was her breakthrough role, earning her recognition as a teen idol and a nomination for the Teen Choice Awards Choice TV Actress. While on the show she starred in her first American feature film, headlining the supernatural blockbuster “The Craft. Campbell rose to international prominence for starring as Sidney Prescott in Wes Craven’s slasher film, “Scream”, which emerged as a critical and commercial success – becoming the highest grossing slasher fil for over 20 years – and obtained a cult following. The success of the film spawned the “Scream” franchise, for which she reprised the role in the series second, third, fourth and fifth installments, playing the role for 25 years. “Scream” has earned her numerous awards and accolades.
Dr. Geoffrey Scott Carroll/Co-Host
Dr. Carroll is originally from Peebles, Scotland and he co-founded, together with Sir Sean Connery, the Dressed to Kilt event in 2003 in NYC. He is a successful international businessman, visionary and philanthropist and he is the current Chairman of Dressed to Kilt
Colin & Justin
Colin Lewis McAllister and Justin Patrick Ryan are Scottish interior designers, style commentators, Hollywood celebrity interviewers, television presenters and all round lifestyle gurus. As well as being co-hosts, the boys have been a couple since 1886. They moved from Scotland to Canada in 2008 and they become local celebrities in very short order. Through a series of television shows and radio programmes over the years, they now have a rather large following in both North America and the UK. Between guest appearances and podcasts, the boys are constantly in the public eye. The pair also writes a weekly column in the Friday and Sunday editions of the Toronto Sun, offering up their suggestions for sprucing up homes. The column syndicates to 24 Hours Vancouver, 24 Hours Toronto and the London Free Press. They also contribute a weekly column to the Huffington Post and to Cottage Life Magazine as a companion to their current Cottage Life TV show.
Natasha and Samara Connery
Sir Sean Connery’s granddaughters wearing bespoke outfits made in the new Sir Sean Connery Tartan
Guillaume is a Canadian ballet dancer, choreographer, composer and artistic director. He is currently a principal dancer and a Choreographic Associate at the National Ballet of Canada. He has been the Artistic Director of the Festival des Arts de Saint-Sauveur since 2014 and is the Artistic Director of Cote’ Danse. At the age of 10 he saw his first ballet in Montreal, The Nutcracker. At age 11, despite not speaking English, he entered Canada’s National Ballet School in Toronto. At age 17 Cote’ joined the National Ballet of Canada as an apprentice. At age 19 he made his debut in Swan Lake, making him the youngest person in the company to dance that role. In 2004 at age 23, he became a principal dancer. He has been asked to guest perform with many of the best ballet companies on the planet. This included La Scala Theatre Ballet, English National Ballet, The Royal Ballet, American Ballet Theatre and both the Hamburg and Stuttgart Ballet. On December 15, 2018 he was invited to dance at the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, making him the first dancer from Quebec and one of the very few Canadians to have danced on this famous stage. In 2020 he made his debut at the New York City Ballet. In 2021 Guillaume founded Cote’ Danse in order to develop independent projects in collaboration with various and diverse artists and partners.
Though Geoff is from Edinburgh, he spent several of his formative years growing up in Toronto. He began his career in public relations handling spin for British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. He then handled the press for Charles and Di at Buckingham Palace. Following that he moved to NYC to be the Brand Ambassador and Head of Communications for Mercedes Benz. In this role he was one of the primary figures in Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in NYC. He has an Honorary Doctorate for Business Management from Edinburgh Napier University where he is currently one of their executives
Singer who has risen to fame on her natidreddd TikTok channel. She has earned more than 1.8 million followers for her singing clips often featuring Celtic music with lyrics on-screen and featuring her signature greeting "hello, my wee darlins."
The 3 Dufour-Lapointe Sisters
The 3 Dufour-Lapointe sisters are a very unusual and incredibly talented group of siblings. Picture it; The sound of “O Canada” rings out at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games as Justine Dufour-Lapointe climbs to the top of the podium to receive her gold medal for women’s moguls. The silver medalist to her right is her older sister, Chloe. They reach out and hold hands as a strong symbol of sisterhood. Their oldest sister, Maxime, is watching close by after placing 12th in her Olympic debut. It was a remarkable and historic day. There are no more famous Canadian Olympic siblings than Maxime, Chloe and Justine Dufour-Lapointe. The three young ladies stormed onto the world freestyle skiing scene more than a decade ago and they immediately captured the hearts of Canadians as they raced to the top of podiums around the world. These ladies are referred to as the Queens of Canadian mogul skiing. Moguls are big bumps on a steep hill which the skier must navigate their way through. It is exciting and more than a little dangerous and risky. In competition moguls skiers are timed as they race down a course and perform two aerial tricks. Their run is judged for its style, difficulty and execution. At first Justine preferred the social side of skiing and was not serious about competing. However, seeing Chloe’ in action at the Vancouver 2010 Olympics sparked her own dream to compete at the Olympics . It wasn’t long before the three Dufour-Lapointe sisters were standing on medal podiums, making national teams and traveling the globe together for World Cup races, many of which they won.
Thom Evans & Nicole Scherzinger
These two are now a couple as he asked her to marry him earlier this year on the beach in Portugal and she said yes. Thom is a Scottish former international rugby union player and model. He last played on the wing for Glasgow Warriors in the Celtic League. Evans rugby career ended aged 24 on his tenth international appearance for Scotland. On February 13th, 2010 he suffered a serious neck injury in a Six Nations game in Cardiff, Wales. He was operated on the same day and it was revealed that his cervical vertebrae had been knocked so badly out of alignment that he was a millimetre from paralysis or death. His fiancé, Nicole Scherzinger, is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, actress and television personality. She is best known as the lead singer of the incredibly popular Pussycat Dolls. She is credited with leading the group into becoming one of the world’s best-selling girl groups of all time, selling over 55 million records. She has successfully carved out a career outside the group. During her career she has received numerous awards and nominations including for a Grammy and a Laurence Oliver Award. She is also continually being considered as “one of the hottest women on the planet”.
Jamie is originally from Perth, Scotland. He is today with the New York Football Giants and is considered one of the premier punters in the entire National Football League. He has the very enviable nickname of “The Scottish Hammer”.
Hotties & Hunks Who Ski
This is perhaps the most politically incorrect section of the show but it is also one of the most favorite sections with attendees. Great looking men and women who beaver away at their office in the city during the week but can’t wait till the weekend when they head to the countryside and the slopes.
Sam is a Scottish actor, producer, author and entrepreneur. He is best known for his starring role as Jamie Fraser in the Starz drama series “Outlander” (2014-present). In this role he has won The People’s Choice Award for Favorite Cable Sci-Fi/Fantasy TV Actor, Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television and he received a nomination for the Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Sam and his Outlander co-star Graham McTavish co-wrote “Clanlands: Whisky, Warfare and a Scottish Adventure Like No Other”, which reached number one on the New York Times Best Seller List for hardcover nonfiction. Clanlands serves as a companion to “Men in Kilts: A Roadtrip With Sam and Graham”, an 8-part television series conceived by and starring Heughan and McTavish that premiered on the Starz channel in February 2021. That same year Heughan launched his own whisky brand, The Sassenach (named after his Outlander character’s nickname for his wife), winning consecutive double golds in the 2020 and 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition. In addition to acting Heughan served as the first Global Brand Ambassador for the English clothing label Barbour beginning in 2016. Heughan received an honorary doctorate “in recognition for his outstanding contribution to acting and charitable endeavors “ from the University of Stirling in June 2019. He received a second honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow in 2019 and a third honorary doctorate from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in July of 2022.
Kirsty is a Scottish mountain climber, world class skier and high-octane adventurer. Still in her thirties she has already conquered Mt. Everest, the tallest mountain in the world. Her penchant for mountain climbing started as a wee girl. Throughout her school years she was active in the Cubs and the Scouts alongside her father – also a very keen mountaineer. While most teenagers had posters of Hollywood celebrities on the wall, she had posters of British mountaineering icons. Following university where she received degrees in Medical Biochemistry and Pharmacology, she went to Tanzania to volunteer and help young people afflicted with HIV and other conditions. While in Africa she managed to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. In 2021 she had a skiing accident and retained only 65% use of her arm. Shortly following her surgery she successfully climbed Mont Blanc in the French Alps. After that she successfully climbed Mount Elbrus in Russia (the highest mountain in Europe). She then set her sights on Mt. Everest. Everest is 29,035 feet above sea level. At 26,000 feet climbers enter the ominous “death zone”. At this altitude the cells of the human body start dying, blood thickens, cognitive function is impaired and there is significantly increased risk of heart attack and stroke. Over 300 climbers have died on Everest – most while descending through the death zone. Some 200 bodies remain uncovered. She stood atop the highest mountain in the world at 8:10 am on May 22, 2023. In short, this was a monumental feat of skill, strength and courage.
Amanda Lynn Mayhew
Amanda is an award-winning tough outdoorswoman from Northern Ontario, and the creator of “Just Hunt INC.” This young woman has proved her worth as an athlete, inspirational speaker, angler, power sports enthusiast, sport shooting advocate and hunter whose mission it is to pass on the passion to our future. She is filming for her 8th season on National Television and her 5th season with the Sportsman Channel Canada. Since 2016 Amanda has been keeping you intrigued with her outdoor adventures with Just Hunt including her TV series, THAT Hunting Girl. Her shows are airing in over 9.7 million homes. In addition, Amanda Lynn is the recipient of the 2021 Jeffrey Reed Courage Award, 2019 Hunting Ambassador of the Year Golden Bullet Award and nominated for Woman of the Year in the Health and Wellness Category three consecutive times. She is also constantly being featured in publications across Canada including “Oxygen, International Sportsmen, Monster Whitetail, Big Game Illustrated, Outdoor Canada Magazine, Newfoundland Sportsmen Magazine, High Capacity, Fish Hunt & Ride Magazine, North American Outdoorsman, North American Deer Hunter, and North American Bow Hunter” to mention just a few.
McAdams is a Canadian actress that was born in London, Ontario. She developed her interest in performing when she was a wee girl and she attended both Disney and William Shakespeare summer camps. She enrolled in York University’s 4-year theatre program and graduated with honors in 2001. She made her Hollywood film debut in the comedy “The Hot Chick”. Her break-out roles came in 2004 when she starred in the comedy film “Mean Girls” and she received her first BAFTA Award nomination. The film earned $129 million worldwide and also earned McAdams two MTV Movie Awards. Following that she starred in the romantic drama “The Notebook” opposite Ryan Gosling and the film grossed over $115 million worldwide. She then starred with Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Bradley Cooper in the romantic comedy “Wedding Crashers”. The film grossed more than $285 million worldwide. At this point in her career she was hailed as “the next Julia Roberts” and the new Hollywood “it girl”. In 2009 she starred with Russell Crowe, Helen Mirren and Ben Affleck in the political thriller “State of Play” based on the BBC television series of the same name. Later that year she starred in the mystery/action -adventure film “Sherlock Holmes”. Yet another major commercial success grossing more than $524 million worldwide. In 2012 she starred opposite Channing Tatum in the romantic dram “The Vow”. This was her biggest box-office hit in a leading role. Throughout the years she has received numerous awards and nominations. McAdams is set to make her Broadway debut in 2024.
Lesley hails from Stirling, Scotland and she is the holder of five World Triathlon Titles. She is also the screenwriter of the first-ever German adaptation of the classic “All Quiet on the Western Front” which was recently nominated for 14 Bafta Awards and received 9 Oscar nominations. This could become the most decorated German film of all time. Watch this space.
Before the show even begins Jeff win’s this years award for being able to trace his Scottish roots back further than anyone else. He can trace his roots back to the 16th and 17th centuries when two of his distant relatives were knights in the service of James the Sixth, King of Scotland. He has very strong ties to Scotland including being married there. In keeping with the James Bond themes of our shows, Jeff spent his career in the CIA.
The current family owner of Rettl Kilts & Fashion in the Austrian Alps. The firm was started in the 1860s and they are the only kilt maker in the German speaking world. Their winter skiing competitions in kilts are not to be believed
Manon is a Canadian former ice hockey goaltender. She is affectionally considered “The First Woman of Hockey”. She is originally from Beauport, Quebec. She achieved a number of historic firsts during her career. She was the first female goaltender to play for a boys’ team in the 1984 Quebec International Pee-Wee Hockey Tournament. She was then recruited into the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, one of Canada’s top junior ice hockey leagues, becoming the first woman to play in a men’s Major Junior hockey game. As a member of Team Canada, Manon helped lead her team to win a Silver Medal at the 1998 Nagano Olympic Games – the first year women’s hockey was an official sport in the Olympics. Aside from the Olympics, as Team Canada’s goaltender, she won Gold Medals at the 1992 and 1994 World Hockey Championships. In both of these events she was named the “Best Goaltender”. Manon was also the first and only female to play in an NHL game with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 1992. She was also the first female to sign a contract to play professional hockey and had a six-year professional career in the minor leagues. She formed the Manon Rheaume Foundation in 2008, which provides scholarships for young women. She is a frequent guest in national media shows including: The Today Show, Late Night With David Letterman, CBS This Morning, Good Morning America, Entertainment Tonight, A Current Affair, and NBC Sports to mention but a few. Rheaume was hired in July 2022 as hockey operations and prospect advisor for the Los Angles Kings of the NHL.
This young woman from Burnaby, British Columbia is the most successful soccer player to ever compete for Canada. She made her debut with the senior national team as a 16-year-old at the 2000 Algarve Cup where she also scored her first international goal. Since then, she has accumulated more than 185 international goals, making her the highest scoring player – man or woman – in the world. She is also the active leader in international caps with 304 and counting. Sinclair has competed at four Olympic Games, winning gold at Tokyo 2020 after back-to-back bronzes at London 2012 and Rio 2016. At London 2012 she was the tournament’s leading scorer and for her efforts she was named the Canadian Athlete of the Year , becoming the first soccer player to win. While playing for the University of Partland, Sinclair was a four-time All-American, the 2001 NCAA Freshman of the Year and won back-to-back Hermann Trophies as the soccer player of the year in 2004 and 2005. In her senior year she set the NCAA record with 39 goals in a season, won her second NCAA title and was awarded the Honda-Broderick Cup as the college woman athlete of the year. She was inducted in Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2013 and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2017.
He was born in Irvine, Scotland and is the closest thing to a real life Scottish James Bond that exists. He spent 10 years in the British Armed Forces as a Paratrooper, diver and bomb disposal officer, including serving with the 16 Air Assault Brigade. He is a member of MENSA and has served in many of the world’s troubled hot spots including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Northern Ireland and Falkland Islands. Oh, and he plays Danial Craig’s stunt double in the current James Bond films.
Joanna is a beautiful young Scottish actress from Perth. She studied acting at the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff. She was nominated for an International Emmy Award for her debut role in the Sky One crime drama “The Runaway” in 2011. From 2012 to 2013 over two series, Vanderham starred in the BBC television series “The Paradise”. She then made her film debut as Margo in “What Maisie Knew” with Julianne Moore and Alexander Skarsgard. She played society girl Pamela Luscombe in the BBC drama “dancing on the Edge”. Vanderham received a Commendation at the 2016 Ian Charleson Awards for her performance as Quenn Anne in “Richard III” at the Almeida Theatre in London. Also in 2016, Vanderham starred in the romance television film “The Boy with the Topknot”. The following year she played Claire Elliott in the miniseries “One of Us”. In 2019 she joined the main cast of the American action series “Warrior”. She ten played a recurring character in DC’s “Legend’s of Tomorrow”. Following that she starred as DS Amanda Drummond opposite Dougray Scott in the BritBox series “Crime”. She is a young lady in demand.
The Toronto Scottish Regiment (Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother’s Own)
The Toronto Scottish Regiment, which was founded in 1915, is descended from the 75th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. We are the only Regiment in the world to wear the Hodden Grey tartan, a symbol of the enduring relationship between Canada and Scotland. The Regiment has evolved over time to reflect the diversity of Canada, embracing inclusiveness while maintaining a tradition of valour. The Toronto Scottish Regiment’s role is to augment the Canadian Army’s Regular Force infantry units, as well as to provide Direct Fire Support with a variety of heavy weapons systems
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