The Graduate Showcase 2023: Equilibrium


Scottish Borders Campus
The poster for the equilibrium event at Galashiels, a grey oval shape on a light grey and white background

Heriot-Watt University’s School of Textiles and Design is opening its doors to showcase the final projects of around 160 fashion, textiles and design students in the Scottish Borders.

The Graduate Showcase 2023 is expected to attract industry partners looking for new talent and will be staged at the High Mill building in Galashiels, a converted textile mill where the school is based.

The showcase will launch with a private showing for industry, staff and friends and family on Friday 2 June and will then open to the public between Saturday 3 June to Friday 9 June.

One of the key features of the show is a virtual catwalk, where visitors will see students model their garments strutting across a 6.5 x 2.5 metre double-sided screen.

Physical exhibits including fashion garments, textile designs, fashion communication and marketing work and interior design products will be showcased alongside digital displays and an immersive 3D showcase. This allows visitors globally to see students’ work online in a virtual gallery with different rooms and displays.

Heriot-Watt School of Textiles and Design was named Fashion University of the Year in the 2022 Scottish Fashion Association Awards, an annual awards ceremony that honours Scottish designers, photographers, models and fashion industry leaders. Heriot-Watt fashion, textile and design students have also picked up previous awards including Fashion Start Up of the year and Student Designer of the Year.

The theme for this year’s graduate showcase is Equilibrium, chosen to convey a sense of poise and balance after the disruptive years of Covid.