Heriot-Watt’s annual fashion show has been staged at Abbotsford House near Melrose in the Scottish Borders.
Bruce Roberts, Director of Studies, Fashion Technology said, “Our Scottish Borders Campus in Galashiels has some of the best facilities in the UK and Heriot-Watt University is proud to locate itself at the heart of the Scottish luxury textile industry.Our students leave here with great prospects, and within six months of graduating more than 90 per cent of them go into either further studies or employment in the fashion industry.
“At Heriot-Watt we feel it’s important to nurture the students and expose them to the many possibilities available to them within the industry. We have seen so many of them find success not just here because there are so many jobs within the industry, not just here in Britain but across the world.
“We made the conscious decision two years ago to bring our fashion show back to the borders. Abbotsford House is a spectacular backdrop for our graduate fashion, and it is a highlight event for us. This year features a range of fashions that move from hard-edged, urban streetwear to garments made from plastic and banana fibres. The offering is diverse, which reflects how we support individual creativity and underpin it with a comprehensive grounding in design and technique that is our Borders’ trademark.”
The fashion show included collections inspired by Braille, 1984 and the push to conform, Celtic fairy tales and Buddhist monks in Thailand.
Graduate Degree Show
The Graduate Degree Show is also running at the High Mill at the Scottish Borders Campus, featuring the work of 118 graduates and showcasing their final design collections of textiles, garments, interior designs as well as portfolios of fashion photography and fashion film. There is also a show of Masters Students work in progress as well as snapshots of many of the industrial collaborations carried out by the School at undergraduate, post graduate and research level. As a complement to the innovative and contemporary design work being exhibited several pieces from the Heriot-Watt University Textile Collection are being shown, and the work of students who have supported by The Worshipful Company of Weavers and The Worshipful Company of Framework Knitters is also included.