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Scottish Academy of Fashion

The School of Textiles & Design is one of the lead partners in the Scottish Academy of Fashion (SAF), an ambitious project to develop Scotland as a global centre of excellence in fashion-related learning and commercially relevant research.

A successful bid in 2010 to the Scottish Funding Council resulted in initial funding of £220,000 to set up a core project team and develop collaborative projects. The funding case was based on positive feedback from industry and research from sounding boards with leading academics, designers, retailers and fashion commentators.

Project partners

SAF combines the collective strengths in teaching and research in Scotland’s higher education institutions, involved in fashion and textile design, to create this hub.

Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh College of Art, Robert Gordon University and Glasgow Caledonian University are working on a range of fashion, design and technology-led projects with some of Scotland’s leading textile, fashion and retail companies.

Collaborative project outputs

The first projects include product-led collaborations with Begg Scotland, Mackintosh and Ardalanish Isle of Mull Weavers, and a professional development workshop with Johnstons.

The results of the first live project with Mackintosh were showcased at our 2010 fashion show, with designs by Edinburgh College of Art and the School of Textiles & Design selected for Mackintosh’s flagship store in London’s Mayfair. The Cumbernauld-based brand is a Scottish success story, supplying its handmade rubberised Mackintoshes all over the world, to fashionistas and traditionalists alike.

Several commercial research projects involving the School of Textiles & Design are in development, following the Scottish Academy of Fashion research conference in Dundee in January. The 2011 showcase event was held in summer featuring a salon show and exhibition.