Jonathan Saunders

Job Title:

Fashion Designer


Honorary Graduates


Jonathan Saunders
at Graduation 2013

Jonathan Saunders


Jonathan Saunders

Born in Glasgow in 1977, Jonathan Saunders studied BA (Hons) Printed Textiles at The Glasgow School of Art and then graduated with an MA with distinction from Central St Martins in London, immediately winning the Lancome Colour Award for his graduate collection, a series of brightly printed chiffon kaftans inspired by the Beatles Yellow Submarine album cover. Within 48 hours of showing his final MA collection he was commissioned to design prints for Alexander McQueen and in 2003 created the iconic bird of paradise print that became one of the most photographed prints of the season.

Under the direction of French Fashion Designer, Christian Lacroix , Jonathan was appointed to consult for Chloe and at Emilio Pucci, where, for the first time in the company’s history, new prints, not based on the Emilio Pucci archives, were commissioned from him. In 2003 he launched his own fashion label with his debut collection at London Fashion Week, where he has shown annually except 2008 when he presented his collection at New York Fashion Week. May 2008 saw his appointment as the creative director of Milan based, Italian fashion house Pollini with Jonathan now showing four collections a year for his own label and two for Pollini.

Other recent collaborations have included four collections for Topshop between 2008 and 2010; a capsule collection for US budget store Target inspired by the works of Gustav Klimt, Jackson Pollock and Rothko which sold out; a six style range of shoes for British sportswear brand Gola, a collection for Debenham’s Designer Edition and a collection for Escada Sport.

Saunders' Honorary Doctorate, conferred by the University of Glasgow, was awarded at the GSA Graduation ceremony on the afternoon of Friday 14 June 2013 at the Bute Hall, University of Glasgow.