Friday, October 28, 2011

Mellissa Spei graduate 2011

Mellissas collection has been photographed as part of the following exhibition in Glasgow...Private view invite below

Thursday, October 27, 2011

When first met fourth

Yesterday the first years dressed to impress the fourth years who are going to "employ them" as their mentees and help with their collections....

Thursday, October 20, 2011

14000 Visitors, time for a cup of tea

The influx of visitors from across the world is welcomed by the course and school....

Welcome to lot 14000

A collection of incredibly beautiful Nanking china and I think time for tea.....

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Isolated Heroes and the Company of Wolves

Samantha Mcewans label "Isolated Heroes" has been quoted in the online magazine "The Journal"as one of the highlights of this years "In the Company of Wolves" fashion happening, in Glasgow on the 26th of October 2011

Looking forward to seeing work from graduates Atif Dean, Aimee Donofrio and Isla Scott.

Obscure couture in Retox Magazine

Graduates of the school Obscure Couture were recently showcasing their latest collection at the LGN catwalk in Londons Fashion Week.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Research Vacancy in the school

Research Associate in Smart Textiles for the Smart Costumes Research Project

Vacancy details

  • Ref no: 112/11/W
  • School/Section: School of Textiles & Design, School of Mathematical & Computer Sciences
  • Grade/Salary: Grade 7 £29,099 - £35,788
  • Closing date: 21 Oct 2011
  • Duration: Fixed Term 18 months
  • Location: Edinburgh Campus

Job description

School of Textiles & Design
Research Associate in the area of Smart Textiles for the ‘Smart Costumes: smart textiles and wearable technology in pervasive computing environments’ research project
Grade 7 £29,099 - £35,788 (18 months)  
The ‘Smart Costumes’ research project has initial funding from Heriot-Watt Universities ‘Creativity, Innovation and Design’ theme : The aim of the theme is to increase collaborative multidisciplinary research within the University and beyond. The focus of the ‘Smart Costumes’ project is to bring together textile design, computer science and electronics in order to explore the the interfaces and interaction between smart textiles and smart – or pervasive – environments for performance.
Applicants should ideally have either:
1.     A background in textile design having completed a PhD in practice–based research dealing with an area of research broadly relevant to the Smart Costumes project, which could include, smart/interactive textiles, wearable technologies, digital pattern design, or costume design. Additionally, they will also have a strong interest in computer science, be willing to learn aspects of programming and work within a multidisciplinary team.
2.     A background in computer science having completed a PhD in an area dealing with research broadly relevant to the Smart Costumes project in multi-modal interaction, which could include gestural or postural interaction, intelligent tracking, wearable computing. Additionally, they will also have a strong interest and knowledge of research in the area of smart textiles, costume or performance/performance environments. The applicant will be required to work closely with designers as part of a multidisciplinary team.
Applicants should have strongly developed research skills and be excellent all round communicators. They will be acting as the key researcher in the ‘Smart Costumes’ project taking the project forward through development of prototype pieces, publications and developing funding proposals for appropriate research councils to extend the research project.  The position will require a self-motivated creative thinker that can turn research ideas into reality. They should be innovative in their approach to research and bring their own ideas to the project. The applicants should have highly developed design/computer science skills to allow them to produce research outputs of the highest quality, combining textile design, computer science and electronics. The successful applicant will be joining a multidisciplinary research team split between the School of Textiles and Design, the School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences and the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences.
For further information contact Dr Sara Robertson or Prof Ruth Aylett  

How to apply

Completed application forms may be returned by e-mail to or by post to Heriot-Watt University, Human Resources, Edinburgh EH14 4AS. Tel. +44 (0) 131 451 3022 (24 hours), Minicom +44 (0) 131 451 8212.
Please quote the vacancy reference no. in any correspondence.

Friday, October 14, 2011

13000 visitors

Welcome to our 13000th visitor



All images from the 13th century

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Obscure Couture

Obscure Couture was set up by graduates Lyndsay Pagan and Jennifer Coyle and was nominated for Scotlands young designer of the year, in the 2011 Scottish Fashion Awards.

Thanks to one of our favourite Scottish blogs Style Scanner

These images come from Obscure Coutures lookbook, on their Asos boutique 
where you can shop till you drop, 24/7...

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mary Portas or Gok Wan

As you may have seen in the news Mary Portas (honorary graduate of the school) is designing a collection for House of Fraser

Gok Wan is designing a range for TU ( Sainsbury in-house clothing brand)

Both for Women.....

Who is going to come up with the succesful brand?

Vote on who you think will be most succesful, on the right hand side.......

Ashleigh Duncan Success and your vote is needed needed

Ashleigh Duncan from Fashion Communication Year 2 has been short listed for a Cosmopolitan Magazine blog award.

50% of the award is based on the public vote.

If you would like to see Ashleigh's blog and support her please go to

enter your email address

then vote for Asleigh Duncan

who is under 'Student blog'

12000 visitors

Welcome to our 12000th visitor (we are getting highly charged and excited by the attention)

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

5th Character

I found this interesting fashion film on a really interesting blog/magazine called 5th Character

Mario & Vidis – Changed from phantom on Vimeo.

Do click the link and go and have a look.....

( just as an added bonus some knitting!)

Monday, October 3, 2011

Last years graduates.... job opportunity

NEW - Junior Womenswear Designer - LONDON

A major lifestyle company are looking to employ a Junior Apparel Designer to work across the Designer

Collaboration range for Womenswear in London. The successful candidate will be assisting the Creative Director in

all design related tasks in addition to some administrative duties. The company is looking for a candidate with an

excellent understanding of fabric, colour and concept visualization. The ideal candidate should have strong

technical skills and be proficient with illustrator. To apply please send your CV and 2-3 work examples to