Scotland’s Trend Setters

Scotland’s influence in the fashion world is at an all-time high with established designers and emerging talents making their mark in the industry.

Over the past decade, Glasgow native Jonathan Saunders has worked with some of the most iconic figures in fashion and received copious awards, including the British Fashion Council/ Vogue Fashion Fund and Designer of the Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards. Saunders graduated from Glasgow’s School of Art before joining Central Saint Martins in London. Remarkably, he was contracted to design for Alexander McQueen within just two days of his finishing MA collection. His collections, which has been showcased at both London and New York fashion weeks, is known for its vibrant colours and graphic prints and has caught the eye of the celebrity fashion world.

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North Lanarkshire-born Christopher Kane was hired by Versace to work on the label’s Atelier couture before setting up his own label after he graduated. His designs are now sold in some of the most prestigious boutiques in the UK and around the world. The designer is also a passionate promoter of Scotland, having previously collaborated with the country’s cashmere brand Johnstons.

Events showcasing such renowned and also emerging talents are constantly taking place throughout the country including Edinburgh Fashion Week, which is now in its second year. The event highlights the city’s vibrant fashion contributions and is supported by various local businesses.

Edinburgh College of Art graduate Fernanda Goodship has had the opportunity to showcase her work throughout the week and praises the efforts being made to promote Scotland’s profile in the industry.

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“It’s a great way to display my designs and it has allowed my work to be recognised by important figures in the business.”

“Scotland’s movement within the industry is finally getting the recognition it deserves.”

To further support the country’s talents Scotland Re:Designed provides a platform for Scotland’s fashion designers and textile companies to stage their work in the industry. Since 2012 they have taken Scottish designers to the likes of New York and Hong Kong to present their designs on high end runways.

With many people working towards growth and support for those breaking into the industry it looks like Scotland’s future in fashion is set to rise.

 

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