Four students at Heriot-Watt's School of Textiles and Design have won internships with Peter Scott, the world renowned knitwear manufacturer based in Hawick, in a competition to design a clothing collection to celebrate the company's 135 year anniversary.
Charlene Dominick, Silvia Varcova, Erin Young and Hannah Grant received a cash prize and an internship of up to eight weeks at the growing fashion label.
The winning designs will be showcased at a public exhibition at the arts and heritage centre, Textile Tower House in Hawick, from April 20th to 25th. Third year Design for Textiles students at the Heriot-Watt were asked to design a knitwear collection as part of the company's re-branding portfolio which will include a Golf, Classics and Fashion label in the Autumn/Winter 2013-14 season.
It's also a great way of demonstrating the company's support, belief, and commitment to the fantastic standard of work produced by the Fashion and Textile students from Heriot- Watt University.
Alex Feechan, Head of Design at Peter Scott
Alex Feechan, Head of Design at Peter Scott, which is owned by Korean company Eland, said, "This was a great opportunity for Peter Scott to re-build connections within the industry and to support new emerging talent. It is also a great way of demonstrating the company's support, belief, and commitment to the fantastic standard of work produced by the Fashion and Textile students from Heriot- Watt University.
"The standard of work was extremely strong with some very special and exciting competitions submissions. I hope the students have enjoyed the project and we look forward to seeing their work exhibited in April. We're grateful for the opportunity to work with such creative and talented individuals and look forward to more collaboration in the future."
Emily Quinn, print lecturer said, "The School has extensive links to the fashion industry which allow students to take part in live projects and benefit from visiting professionals such as Alex Feechan of Peter Scott. We hope members of the public attend the free exhibition at the Textile Tower House where the four winning collections will be on display."
The University's School of Textiles and Design is the second oldest textile institution in the world, dating back to 1883. It was formed from a merger of the Scottish College of Textiles and Heriot-Watt University in 1998 to enable the School to expand Higher Education provision in the Scottish Borders, and continue to build its distinctive international reputation and profile.