[dropcap]L[/dropcap]ast week, we at 1 Granary were charmed with the presence, and amiable nature of Jonathan Saunders in conversation at the V&A, where the Glasgow-born designer sat down with SHOWstudio’s Lou Stoppard to discuss the ups and downs of his career. From Glasgow School of Art to Central Saint Martins, where he graduated with an MA in Printed Textiles, Saunders has long since established himself at London Fashion Week, and has made a name for himself with his prints and use of traditional silk-screening techniques.
[twocol_one_last]At the talk, Saunders recalled his first steps into the old Charing Cross Road building, citing his first experience of the school being his fellow-students’ eccentricities, dressed head-to-toe in their idiosyncratic, adventurous fashions. “I assumed everyone in the fashion industry looked like this. I looked like a tramp.” Droll coming from a man, who on the night, came impeccably dressed in a black suit and formal shoes.
Saunders admits that he was fortunate to be part of an exciting new set of CSM graduates. “Richard Nicoll was on the same course. He had done the BA here as well, so he already knew who was who, and was able to guide me. Christopher Kane was in the year below, and Roksanda was in the year above.” All part of the vanguard of contemporary British fashion.
Under questioning on his art-school education, Saunders readily credits the school and more so, the renowned course leader, Louise Wilson. “They encourage you to form an opinion and a point of view,” claiming “Louise has a varied taste, so she doesn’t care what you do. CSM makes you really question everything… And you get drunk. A lot.”
[/twocol_one_last]Giving us time to do the same- the latter, we mean- the talk soon came to a close, and the eager audience were quick to come in with questions. Saunders parting response was, “a creative process is very organic, isn’t it? Fashion is different from designing tables and chairs. It’s not just about admiring an object. It depends on the wearer; how they wear it and how they move. I like things that are slightly crude and jointly mistaken.” Well, he’s hoping that he likes us.