Heriot Watt School of Textiles is a world leading centre for textile design and the Graduate Fashion Show is a celebration of innovation, technological expertise, craft skills and cutting-edge design.
On Friday night A Hume staffers Hannah Fairgrieve and Amy Stirling went along to the annual Graduate Degree Fashion Show at Abbotsford House. They enjoyed a glass of fizz in the sunshine before settling down to cast an eye over the talent on display.
Industry Scouting for Talent
The show is a key event attended by prominent industry figures, it has been an important source of talent for the textile industry since 1883. Graduates pull out all the stops not only to attract top marks for their degree but also to attract the attention of future employers.
Each graduate is challenged to design a collection and many choose established designers as their inspiration in the hope of demonstrating their affinity with the designer’s sensibility and their understanding of the commercial and production priorities of industry.
Commercially Inspired Collections
Fashion Technology student Rebecca Wright created a Spring/Summer collection for Amanda Wakeley. Named The Seamless Collection, it showed great skill in pattern cutting techniques by removing common seams and adding hidden pockets. The result was a cleverly cut and feminine collection that was a big hit with both Amy and Hannah.
Natalie Moonie also chose to create a collection for an established brand. She chose masters of minimalism, COS. The brand is renowned for its distinct cuts and strong silhouettes. Natalie presented a collection that upheld the principles of the brand and appealed to Hannah who is an avid wearer of COS clothing.
Concept Driven Collections
In contrast to the commercially driven collections some students chose instead to base their designs on a defining concept.
Georgina Collins presented a collection Immodest, that explored the perception of modesty in women’s fashion. Her use of wool – a nod to the importance of wool in the Scottish Borders – to create long, slim silhouettes resonated with Hannah and Amy who being Borders born and bred recognised her tribute to the regions most prized resource.
Amy’s pick of the day was Fashion Degree student Kathryn Freer’s collection By a Thread. The collection used print and detailing to explore the creative journey of an artist in their studio. The result was a quirky collection, casual and wearable, with clever detailing.
The Graduate Fashion Show is just one element in the final presentation of work by students at Heriot Watt School of Textiles. The Graduate Degree Show is an exhibition of the final design collections of textiles, garments, interior designs as well as portfolios of fashion photography and fashion film.
It runs at the Historic High Mill Building at Heriot Watt’s Scottish Borders Campus from Saturday 28th May – Thursday 2nd June 11am – 4 pm. See Graduate Degree Show for more details.