Heriot-Watt helps school pupils create Glam Metal brand

Sample garment by Jennifer Finnie from the project with Ralph Lauren, Locharron, and the designs from the keeper of the tartan competition

Staff from the School of Textiles and Design have helped pupils from secondary schools across North Lanarkshire to create their own Glam Metal brand.

Pupils from 16 schools took part in the project, designing and making 200 garments and accessories which were showcased in four catwalk shows and an exhibition at Summerlee Museum, Coatbridge. A limited edition mini-skirt produced by the pupils was also marketed and sold at the events.

The Glam Metal brand came about because pupils wanted to tie in the fashion element with Lanarkshire's industrial past, remembered at the Summerlee Museum of Scottish Industrial Heritage.

This was a really exciting opportunity to showcase the work of the fashion cluster of the School
Mark Timmins, Director of Fashion at the School of Textiles and Design

The pupils attended workshops at the council's outdoor education centre at Kilbowie, near Oban and also spent a day at the University's Scottish Borders Campus where Heriot-Watt staff assisted them with their designs.

The School of Textiles and Design was invited to showcase its work alongside the work of the pupils and chose to display a collection of 4th year garments which had been sponsored by local weaving company Locharron of Scotland. The collection utilised designs undertaken for the 'Keeper of the Tartans competition' (where the school won 7 out of 9 prizes including 1st and 2nd) and constructed from a navy and cream fabric designed for Ralph Lauren in the United States.

Mark Timmins, Director of Fashion at the School of Textiles and Design, said, "This was a really exciting opportunity to showcase the work of the fashion cluster of the School and to provide an opportunity for signposting where the next step in a fashion education could be taken."