Winchester School of Art Press and Industry Fashion Show at The Vinyl Factory in Soho, London

On Monday 11 June 2018, Winchester School of Art (WSA) Fashion & Textile Design final year students will present their graduate collections.


The event is a fantastic opportunity to view the work of our emerging talent in a commercial setting alongside members of industry and press.

We are very proud that this event has supported our graduates in their long history of employability, working with companies such as… Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Burberry, Liberty London, Skinny Dip, Top Shop, H&M, Dazed Digital, Chloé, Peter Jensen, Collection 18, Jenny Packham, Kath Kidston, Cole & Sons, Erdem, i-D magazine, Urban Outfitters, Net-A-Porter and others.

View previous collections on

For more information contact the programme leader Cecilia Langemar on

Printed Textiles Graduate Melissa Ougham gains a place at Texprint 2016

Melissa Ougham, who has just graduated in Printed Textiles at WSA, was selected from hundreds of graduates around the UK to take part in Texprint 2016.

Melissa Ougham Texprint Stand

‘Texprint is an organisation run by industry professionals with the added support of many internationally recognised industry names.  Our aim is to select, mentor and promote the best of the UK’s newly graduated textile designers, providing an opportunity for realistic development, and a vital bridge between higher education and the real, commercial world.’

’24 TEXPRINT designers are selected each year following the rigorous interviewing of over 230 applicants submitted by British colleges and universities at both BA and MA levels. The 24 are designers who have shown outstanding skill and artistry in their chosen discipline, and who have impressed the Texprint interview panels with their creativity and desire to succeed in the professional world.  Texprint’s aim is to promote their skills to the industry, to media, and to the related organisations that can help their career launch.’

Those selected showcase their work in London before showing at PV in Paris in September. It is an amazing opportunity for new graduates to meet with exciting industry contacts and become professional designers.

Melissa has been shortlisted for a 7 week internship in Como, Italy via Texprint. Congratulations Mel!

Hand & Lock Competition 2016

Sarah Cheyne, printed textiles and embroidery specialist, will be introducing the Hand & Lock Competition brief tomorrow, 8th December, at 4pm in the Clean Room. Make sure you go along if you’re interested in entering.

Hand & Lock, the 247 year old embroidery atelier to European fashion houses, the British Military and The Royal Family has been running the prestigious embroidery prize since 2000 and now offers a prize fund in excess of $26,000.

The Prize is an invaluable opportunity for new designers to showcase their finest creations and potentially win a share of a life changing prize fund. Previous Prize winners have been able to fund their designs, start their own businesses and go on to have great success.

The Hand & Lock Prize for Embroidery 2016 will be structured differently from previous years encouraging the use of Embroidery in Textile Art as well as Fashion.

As such you will be able to use the brief outlined below to develop your work in either of these areas. Open Fashion | Student Fashion | Open Textile Art | Student Textile Art

Context for the Brief

We live in an ever increasing consumer world in which instant gratification fuels rapid purchasing trends, often resulting in design that is unpolished or has mediocre production quality.

Buy less. Choose well. Make it last. Quality not quantity. Everybody is buying far too many clothes.” Westwood, V. (2013).

Designers and artists need to make a concerted effort to react against inadequate design. The aim of this brief is to create quality design that consumers will cherish for years rather than dispose of when a new trend arises. The product should be well crafted. Be creative with materials and processes to achieve quality design that is designed to last and stand the test of time.

The Brief: Objects of Desire | Artist Heirloom

The dialogue between art and design is well established throughout history. Modern art can inspire design, and relevant concept development, thereby making your work more socially and culturally aware for forward-thinking design. Being able to anticipate what will happen in the future puts a designer in a position to make better decisions; to ensure their work is relevant, inspiring and sustainable. Artists and designers looks to the past to inspire new ideas for the future.

For this brief we ask you to choose one established artist, and one archive, to research and inspire your own project. Consider contrasting and mixing ideas and inspiration from your findings and designing something truly unique.

Think no limitations!


Fashion and textile designers borrow the form, materials, concepts and techniques of artists and decades in fashion; surfaces, colour, design and sculptural shapes impact on new fashion creation and innovation.

Careful consideration should be taken when it comes to colour. We want to see that you use colour as an integral component of the design process. Colour is reputed as the first thing that consumers are drawn to when considering design.

Your designs should be suitable for a contemporary consumer design market be it fashion, interior design or pure art.

For more details and to register visit the website

Last chance to see KAREN NICOL exhibition in London ends 30 November

Karen Nicol is a textile artist of extraordinary vision and invention. She has a background in fashion, having produced specialist embroidery for Matthew Williamson, Givenchy and other leading labels, as well as individual commissions for clients ranging from the King of Quatar to the Pope. She is also an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Art in London.


In the past few years, Karen has worked with John Rocha, Clements Ribeiro, Chloé and Matthew Williamson; and has worked in interiors for clients such as Anthropologie and Designers Guild.

REBECCA HOSSACK Gallery, 28 Charlotte Street, Fitzrovia, London W1T 2NA

Jonathan Saunders @ the V&A




This week Print and Fashion Designer Jonathan Saunders talked about his career with Lou Stoppard at the V&A Museum as part of their Talking Fashion series.

‘Renowned for his work as a colourist and printer, Saunders’ designs combine disco shades with classic lines. He was named Scottish Designer of the Year in 2010 and Elle Designer of the year in 2012.’ V&A

The Scottish designer discussed everything from his journey into fashion and his experiences at Central Saint Martins to the way he’s built his business since and the artistic inspirations behind his collections. SHOWSTUDIO

“Driven by things I knew nothing about” Jonathan Saunders

“Making wise decisions take you from a tiny bedroom to building a business” Jonathan Saunders

Footage from the fantastic interview will be up on SHOWstudio to stream on-demand shortly

Level 3 weavers presented their work in progress to visiting lecturer Daniel Heath.

The level 3 weavers presented their work in progress on the ‘Sensory Perception’ project to visiting lecturer Daniel Heath.

Daniel Heath is an independent wallpaper, textile and surface designer renowned for his whimsical yet sophisticated hand-drawn illustrations of nostalgic animals and motifs. Trained in the traditional process of silk-screen printing at the Royal College of Art, he set up his studio in 2006 to make bespoke, hand-printed wallpapers and crafted material surfaces. Daniel employs contemporary processes such as laser engraving to re-adorn heritage materials using his hand-drawn designs, creating a refined collection of interior surfaces and products that are not only beautifully made, but also compassionately manufactured. Now based in the heart of East London, close to Hackney Marshes, the designer-maker has continued his interest in craftsmanship.

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Date for the Diary: 24th April Stefan Siegel/Not Just A Label lecture @4pm

Global Futures Speaker Series: Title: NOT JUST A LABEL– A Seminar on Creative Entrepreneurship and Digital FashionSpeaker: Stefan Siegel

Date and Time:  Wednesday 24th April, 16:00 – 18:00

Venue: ***Lecture Theatre A, Westside Building – please note, this is a change of location ***

As part of the Global Futures Speaker Series, Stefan Siegel will be coming to WSA on Wednesday 24th April to tell the story behind the concept of Not Just A Label, launched by Siegel in 2008 and now one of the most respected platforms for fashion design on the Internet. Stefan will discuss the successes and difficulties involved in setting up the business and will share crucial insights with those who want to start their own brands or ventures.