Outstanding professionalism, creativity and technical ability on display at School of Textiles Exhibition and Fashion Show.
Last night Archie Hume and Amy Stirling attended the Industry Event at the Graduate Degree Show at Heriot Watt University’s internationally renowned School of Textiles in Galashiels.
The School of Textiles has been an important source of talent for the textile industry since 1883 and graduates – recognised by industry as world class – are employed both locally and globally.
Whilst many of the graduates will have experienced industry directly through placements and internships, last night’s Industry Event was an important and exciting opportunity for students and industry representatives to meet. Recruitment is common at the event and prominent names such as Lyle and Scott travelled from London to view the work and meet students.
In recent years the local textile industry has experienced a resurgence as lots of small companies carve a niche for luxury, high end textiles and knitwear. Chanel’s purchase of Barrie Knitwear is perhaps the most public face of this trend but throughout the Borders there are a number of small businesses and mills, sometimes employing as few as 10 staff and the links between these companies and the School of Textiles are of mutual benefit to all.
Graduate Degree Exhibition, High Mill, Galashiels
Open to the public 10-4pm Sat, 6 June – Wed, 19 June (closed Sunday)
Archie and Amy were hugely impressed by the craftsmanship, technical knowledge and innovation. They were particularly drawn to Louise Jenkin’s work in tweed and felt they’d found a kindred spirit when they learned that Louise had completed an internship at Archie’s favourite mill, Lovat Mill, weavers of A Hume bespoke tweeds.
Graduate Fashion Show, Abbotsford House
Friday 5 June, arrive 6.30, start 7.30
Last night’s Industry Event was invitation only but there are still a handful of tickets left for tonight’s public show www.borderevents.com
Both Archie, who’s seen his fair share of fashion shows, and Amy commented on the very high standard of professionalism, creativity and technical ability of the graduates. The collections highlighted the commercial understanding of the graduates whilst giving them a forum to allow their high fashion flair to shine.
Bruce Roberts, Director of Studies on the Fashion Technology and Fashion Show Director said:
“Having held the Graduate Exhibition and Fashion Show at our main campus in Edinburgh the success of last night’s event vindicates our decision to bring the event back to the Borders two years ago. We’ve seen a huge increase in the numbers of industry figures and members of public attending. Each year it gets bigger and bigger. We’re deeply proud of our base here in the Scottish Borders and we want to show it off to the world.”
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