Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Quotes from the press about the Fashion course success in the Scottish Fashion Awards 2012

Judy R Clark

"I noted a wealth of the SFA talent, from graduates to designers, have all been down to good old Galashiels to study at Heriot Watt University where I once studied myself, a great university which is sending the Scottish fashion elite out in force!"

Heriot-Watt University Talents Noticed For The Scottish Fashion Awards 2012

I am so proud to say that these are the students that have been noticed for their hard work by 
The Scottish Fashion Awards 2012. These 6 students from Heriot-Watt University have been 
choosen for "Scottish Graduate of The Year Award" which the award is sponsored by Marks & Spencer. 

"Shame to see David Black miss out on Scottish Graduate of the year, 
but Joanne Mcgillivary was a worthy winner"

Scottish Graduate of the Year:
Joanne McGillivary from Herriot Watt, 
David Black was awarded a high commended certificate.

Scottish Graduate of the Year – Joanne McGillivary from Herriot Watt

Scottish Graduate of the Year – Joanne Mcgillivary from Herriot Watt. 
David Black was also awarded a Highly Commended Certificate

Scottish Graduate of the Year – sponsored by Marks & Spencer –

Scottish Graduate - sponsored by Marks & Spencer – Joanne McGillivary from Heriot-Watt. 
David Black was also awarded a highly commended certificate

So we have made somewhat of a splash....

Scottish Fashion Awards and the winner is?

Joanne McGillivray is the Scottish Fashion Awards "Scottish Fashion Graduate of the year 2012"

Scottish graduate of the year Joanne McGillivary attends Scotland's most high-profile celebration of fashion and style which recognises scottish designers who have made a significant contribution to the industry at The Clyde Auditorium on June 11, 2012 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Congratulations to David Black with a highly commended certificate

Further congratulations should be given to the other School of Textiles and Design nominations in this category.

Congratulations also to William Chambers who was named as the "Scottish Accessory Designer 2012" ( for the second time!)

And finally congratulations to honorary graduate Colin Mcdowell who was named as 
"Fashion Ambassador 2012"

To see some sneak looks from the Scottish Fashion Awards click here

Friday, June 8, 2012

June 7th fashion show, Dovecot

So we had a very succesful show yesterday and if you follow the links below you will see the show and what goes on behind the scenes.



We would like to thank our two major sponsors MAC cosmetics and Charlie Miller Hair for an amazing look for the models, promoting the students work to the next level.
Our next outing is on Monday with the Scottish Fashion Awards


Thursday, May 31, 2012

Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles & Design will present its end of year Exhibition and Graduate Fashion Show, Hidden Stories, at Edinburgh’s Dovecot Studios on Infirmary Street from 2nd-8th June 2012. 

Those displaying at the Dovecot include Deborah Morgan, who is among six of the School’s Graduates nominated from a total of eight for the Scottish Graduate of the Year Award, sponsored by Marks & Spencer, at the Scottish Fashion Awards 2012 this June. 

Among others showing are Post Graduate student Sam Fenn-Johnstone, winner of the Harlequin New Designers Award 2011, woven Textile Design student Stephanie Ruddie who recently completed a work placement with Bute Fabrics, and final year student Amber Hunter who is currently sponsored by Hermès. One Masters student in the mix is Rhona Ferguson, recently awarded a £2500 bursary by the Framework Knitters livery company for her project on pressure garments for the treatment of burn scars.  The bursary supports the costs of the project and presentation of her findings at the International Society for Burn Injuries conference in September 2012. In addition to the cash prize she has also been awarded 2 industrial mentors (Professor Julian Ellis OBE and Hon David Sanderson).

Featuring visual, aural and archival references to the School’s history and current local and global presence, the week’s programme of events includes the annual favourite Graduate Fashion Show on Thursday 7thExhibits will be a mix of graduating textile students and Creative Residencies, supported by Creative Scotland.

The School’s end of year show has previously seen designs from alumni including William Chambers, Judy R Clark, Obscure Couture and Samantha McEwen of Isolated Heroes. All of whom are also amongst the nominees for the 2012 Scottish Fashion Awards. Honorary Graduates of the School include Jasper Conran, Colin McDowell, Bruce Oldfield, Mary Portas, Mary Quant, Zandra Rhodes and Dame Vivienne Westwood. Rhodes said, "Heriot-Watt’s School of Textiles & Design is fabulous. Students: follow your dreams and never give up."  Westwood added, "The best facilities in the country."

Supported by WeSC, WeAretheSuperlativeConspiracy, and artistic members from multi-award winning Edinburgh hairdressing group Charlie Miller with make-up provided by MAC, the event this year has renowned British print designer Mark Eley as Creative Director.

Eley stated, "Thanks to our sponsors’ I’ll be working closely with Fashion Lecturer Mark Timmins & Textile Design Lecturer Mark Parker to ensure their Graduates get an excellent platform. I think design education is vital to the future of our industry and creating an environment and installations to showcase the School’s graduate fashion talent and its Hidden Stories is an exciting challenge for 2012."

Eley, who recently became a Trustee of Graduate Fashion Week alongside Fashion Director Hilary Alexander, is one half of the ELEY KISHIMOTO partnership forged in the early 90’s with Wakako Kishimoto. The two quickly gained a reputation for incisive and intelligent print design with their craftmanship gracing the world's catwalks via work with Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Alber Elbaz and Jil Sander, to name but a few before producing their own line in the mid 90’s.

Professor Alison Harley, Head of School, commented, "I am thrilled that the School has produced so many nominees for 2012's Scottish Fashion Awards, which is a credit to our staff. Having collaborated with Mark Eley previously, I knew his ethos and creativity would help us further to formulate an inspiring and educational platform for this exhibition, and a vital platform for our graduates."

Heriot-Watt University‘s School of Textiles & Design was established in 1883 to lead the textile industry in training and education. Their portfolio continues to evolve and reflect current and future developments in textiles, fashion and design. Today the School has a reputation as one of the world’s leading education and research institutions with specialist resources that are among the best in the world.

For more information on the School visit www.tex.hw.ac.uk

The Hidden Stories exhibition takes place at Dovecot Studios, 10 Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LT and admission is free from 10.30am – 5.30pm from Saturday 2nd June - Friday 8th June (closed Sunday 3rd).
The Graduate Fashion Show is on Thursday 7th June at 8pm, priced £15 seated and £10 standing.
Tickets are available from www.hubtickets.co.uk

Heriot-Watt offers a Summer School programme at High Mill in Galashiels for those who are interested in learning more about textiles and fashion.
The available courses are:
  1. Introduction to Printed Textile Design
  2. Introduction to Fashion Construction
  3. Introduction to Machine Knitted Fabrics
  4. Introduction to Weave
Week One: 17th-20th July
Week Two: 24th - 27th July
For information and booking
Tel: 01896 892285

FOR PRESS ENQUIRIES, INTERVIEWS, IMAGES OR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Chris Hunt/ Leanne McGill at Genuine on 0141 243 2621.  Email: chris@genuinepr.com/leanne@genuinepr.com

Monday, May 28, 2012

June the 7th 2012 fashion show

The time is ticking down to our fashion show to be held on the 7th of June 2012 at the Dovecot, Infirmary street, Edinburgh.
The link to all the information is here

This year we are kindly sponsored by MAC cosmetics and Charlie Miller hair and we are very proud to have both returning for a second year.

Tickets are available from the HUB  just follow the link to buy the hottest tickets this side of the Scottish Fashion Awards (where the school has 6 of the 8 nominees for the Scottish Fashion Awards graduate of the year)
Exciting times....

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Ozwald Boateng competition

Congratulations to Amber Hunter from the fashion course for achieving one of the top five winning designs in the Ozwald Boateng competition

Thursday, May 10, 2012

The fashion course as seen by China

Please follow this link to see the fashion course and school in the chinese blog SINA.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ozwald Boateng competition

Congratulations once again to the fashion course, 4th year win this competition.
To see the entries follow this link and click on view entries....

Friday, April 20, 2012

Scottish Graduate of the year nominations

The Scottish fashion awards are out.....

With the Scottish graduate of the year nominations being announced...

There are 8 graduates in the shortlist out of which the fashion course has got 6.....

The nominees are:

1. Natalie Traynor - Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design 
2. Jill MacLennan - Robert Gordon - Grays School of Art, Aberdeen 
3. Toni Roddie - Robert Gordon - Grays School of Art, Aberdeen 
4. Joanne McGillivray - Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design 
5. David Black - Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design 
6. Catriona Clark - Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design 
7. Coryn Dickson - Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design 
8. Deborah Morgan - Heriot-Watt School of Textiles & Design

Also nominated for the Scottish Textile Brand / Textile Designer of the Year sponsored by House of Fraser

 Spencer Clothing. Judy R Clark, Graduate of the fashion course.
Jaggy Nettle,  who teach into the school and helped to select the Fashion show for 2012

Also nominated Scottish Young Designer of the Year sponsored by Scottish Fashion Council

Isolated heroes, who graduated from the fashion course in 2011
Obscure Couture, who graduated in 2010

So we look forward to the awards evening........

In the intervening time you might wish to pop over to Judy R Clarks blog
where she says:

"All at Spencer Clothing are delighted to be short listed at the prestigious Scottish Fashion Awards this year. Colin and I have worked hard to produce a fresh new commercial brand designed in Scotland.
Only launching in January this year we are honoured to be up there with some of the best names in the industry.

I noted a wealth of the SFA talent, from graduates to designers, have all been down to good old Galashiels to study at Heriot Watt University where I once studied myself, a great university which is sending the Scottish fashion elite out in force!

Congratulations to all the nominees, looking forward to seeing you all on the red carpet!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Roisin McTameney graduate of the school

Source: youtube.com via Roisin on Pinterest

Roisin went off into the big wide world and has completed her masters at LCF in London and this is the end result.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

25000 visitors and a visit to Vegas

Well time flies and we welcome our 25000th visitor, a quarter of a century (or really a 100000th.....)
So in celebration of this epic milestone, please enjoy the following......

Until next time.....

Monday, March 12, 2012

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Mary Portas: Honorary graduate talks pants in her new TV series

In the middle of the worst recession since the war, retail guru Mary Portas (honorary graduate of the school) believes a a window of opportunity has opened to restore some life back to British manufacturing.
Transport costs and foreign labour costs are rising, so Mary's heading to Middleton, Greater Manchester, to set up a new production line for British-made knickers.
Mary wants consumers to understand the value of buying British: skills, UK jobs, pride in our manufacturing heritage.
It will be a challenge for Mary, who normally frequents an altogether different shop-floor. She not only needs to breathe life back into a mothballed factory, she has to persuade the old seamstresses to teach the new recruits, and track down some of the last fabric suppliers in the country.
Will she pull it off, or will her first ever foray into manufacturing be simply a brief encounter?

 Mary Portas for Playtex

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Applicants day

Just a little reminder for our applicants, of some of the amazing things that you saw...

Saturday, February 18, 2012

23000 visitors

To celebrate our 23000th visitor we are going back to visit some beautiful women from 23000BC

Venus of Lespugue

Venus of Willendorf

 Morrocan early woman

German Venus

London fashion week, graduates and their exposure

Just a brief note of what some of our graduates have been up to in London fashion week.

William Chambers Scottish accessory designer of the year

"I love supporting local talent. Being Scottish, theres an unusually grand sense of pride I feel when another Scot does well and with William Chambers there's no difference. He has been invited by the British Fashion Council to exhibit as part of Stephen Jones' 'Headonism' so today I took a jaunt into the showroom that was filled with hats on tripods. It is quite something. With a range of floral and geometric shapes on display, I could see a truly credible progression from his past work, without leaving behind his trademark elegance and poise. The only thing that I did question was the placement ofCharlie Le Mindu beside William Chambers - though, in a bizarre way I think they complimented each other."

Obscure Couture showcased at A La Mode during London Fashion Week
Obscure Couture showcases its designs and radical fashions at A La Mode during the show's seventh consecutive season as part of London Fashion Week.

Friday, 10 February 2012Fashions Finest Loves
Russian born artist and designer. After leaving Russia, Larisa has stayed in France and Spain, and she finally ended up in Scotland, in Edinburgh where she is permanently based since 2001.

She post graduated from Heriot-Watt University in 2011 as a Master of Arts in Fashion and Textile Design. At the end of her MA Degree she has been awarded as 'The Best Design Project' working with wool, from the Worshipful Company, with Woolmen's Award.

Russian – born, UK based designer, Larisa has found inspiration and direction in her own national identity, where her main point of influence came from her childhood memories and love of nature.

She is fascinated by natural textures, shapes and colours. She translates this into forms in such a way that they have a unique contemporary style.
Through her art she can bring people closer to nature by using different textures, textiles and forms, be it through digital, fashion garment or medium art.

Emerging designer GUZOVAART will be showcasing at Fashions Finest London Fashion week show 18 - 19 Westbury Hotel Conduit Street, Mayfair, London. 

Judy R Clark with her new label SPENCER
on sale at PURE

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Scottish Academy of Fashion showcase 2011

We have a new PR company Genuine PR who will be working with us in the run up to this years fashion show June 7th 2012 at the Dovecot in Edinburgh. This movie showcases the work of the Scottish Academy of Fashion from its first year...and can be found on their website.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

22000 visitors

Welcome 22000th visitor, it is lovely to see the fashion courses website reaching over 2500 hits a month. in celebration of this, we offer you a vision of Dubai, which sits just north of 22 degrees latitude, where we have our middle east campus

so there we are, a little piece of Scotland in Dubai.