A small specialist campus situated in the idyllic Scottish Borders, Heriot Watt's School of Textiles and Design has churned out some of Scotland's most loved designers, including our absolute favourite local fashion queen Samanta Paton of Isolated Heroes. For the new generation, here are our top five graduates of the university, from courses ranging from textiles to communication, that the industry should have on their radar.
Alannah grew up on an island in the very north of Scotland, surrounded by the ocean and gale force winds. She studied at Heriot Watt University, where she achieved a degree in Fashion Communication with First Class Honours. She was awarded the Watt Club Medal for achieving the highest distinction in the School of Textiles & Design and also the Bernat Klein Award for Creativity. Following this, Alannah attended Graduate Fashion Week 2017, where she was awarded the Fashion Photography Award. Currently, Alannah works freelance as a photographer and digital content creator. Clients include: Karen Mabon, Hilary Grant, Kirsteen Stewart, Alison Moore Designs and Marielle K.
Lucy graduated with a BA(Hons) in Design for Textiles at Heriot Watt University and along with her sister Kitty, launched ethical fashion brand Studio Five. During their studies they both became very interested in environmental issues in regards to the textiles industry and started their research into ways of changing peoples perspectives on sustainable clothing. They wanted to create stylish prints inspired by nature using their drawings, photography and collage skills. Studio Five's aims are to use sustainable or alternative fabrics as much as possible with the hope to be 100% sustainable in the near future.
Having received a First from Heriot Watt in 2016 in BA(Hons) Fashion Womenswear, Nadia's graduate collection Remember Me Knot wass inspired by my own encounter with Alzheimer disease, and she recently collaborated with charity Alzheimers Scotland of a range of accessories. She has been shortlisted for numerous awards including Best New Emerging Scottish Designer at the Scottish Variety Awards, Fashion Graduate of The Year at the Herald Fashion Awards, and Fashion Graduate of The Year at the Scottish Fashion Awards.
Robyn Griffiths, 21, from Glasgow, is a concept led designer who responds instinctively to her social environment. The 'Christopher-Robyn' collection is a reflection of the designer's forward-thinking design ideas and aspiration to inspire through relevant menswear and womenswear collections all made in Scotland. Robyn recently graduated from The Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design with a First Class Honours in Fashion Design.
Textiles graduate Fiona Bertram on her collection 'Life Imitates Art':
"Having become increasingly interested in social matters concerning gender fluidity particularly within the fashion industry, I decided it was only fitting to design a collection unrestricted to the binaries of male and female. The juxtaposition of bright colour blocking combined with an illustrative and mark-making approach to pattern making compliments the street-wear garments and allows the garments to be worn confidently by all."