Jonathan Saunders

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Jonathan Saunders
Born 1977 (age 37–38)
Residence London
Nationality British
Education Stonelaw High School
Glasgow School of Art
Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design
Occupation Fashion designer
Awards Elle Style Awards British Designer of the Year 2008
British Fashion Council/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund Award 2012

Jonathan Saunders (born 1977)[2] is a Scottish fashion designer, known for his work with prints and use of traditional silk screening techniques.[3][4] Celebrities who have worn his designs include Madonna,[5] Kylie Minogue,[6] Sienna Miller[7] and Michelle Obama.[8]


Saunders graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1999 with a BA in printed textiles, and went on to gain a MA in the subject at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in 2002.[1] His graduate collection, which featured a series of brightly printed chiffon kaftans inspired by the Beatles' Yellow Submarine album cover,[3] won him the 2002 Lancome Colour Award.[9] Within two days of his graduation show Saunders was commissioned to design prints for Alexander McQueen[3] and produced a bird-of-paradise print for McQueen's 2003 collection.[10] Saunders was also enlisted as a consultant for fashion houses Chloé, and Pucci under the direction of Christian Lacroix.[4]

Saunders made his debut at London Fashion Week in September 2003.[11] British Vogue featured one of Saunders' designs on the cover of the January 2004 issue,[12] and Harrods and Harvey Nichols placed orders for his designs.[13]

Saunders continued to show regularly at London Fashion Week until 2008, when he decided to take his collection to New York Fashion Week in a move he described as "a natural progression".[14] He returned to London Fashion Week in 2010.[8]

In addition to designing for his own label, Saunders is creative director of Milan-based fashion house Pollini[15] and has designed ranges for retail chains Target[16] and Topshop.[17]



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  2. ^ "Jonathan Saunders". Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  3. ^ a b c Cartner-Morley, Jess (19 February 2004). "Saunders launches kaleidoscope of colour". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Jonathan Saunders – Biography". Vogue (Australia). Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Gilbert, Laurelle (14 September 2009). "Madonna Headlines MTV Music Awards 2009". Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  6. ^ MacDonald, Stuart (4 May 2008). "Scottish Fashion Awards face funding cuts". The Times. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  7. ^ Clements, Erin (3 April 2009). "Red Carpet Buzz: Sienna Miller". Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  8. ^ a b Alexander, Hilary (24 June 2009). "Jonathan Saunders returns to London Fashion Week". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  9. ^ Hewitt, Lucy (26 November 2008). "Best Scottish designer". The Scotsman. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Jonathan Saunders". Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  11. ^ Groom, Avril (24 September 2003). "Scots designer fashions debut triumph". The Scotsman. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  12. ^ "Northern Star". 1 May 2006. Retrieved 7 June 2010. 
  13. ^ "Who's who in London Fashion Week". The Times. 16 September 2009. Archived from the original on 15 June 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  14. ^ Cartner-Morley, Jess (2 February 2008). "Saunders joins British fashion's New York exodus". The Guardian. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  15. ^ Cowan, Natasha (15 May 2008). "Pollini appoints Jonathan Saunders as new creative director". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  16. ^ Jana, Reena (1 October 2008). "Ducking the Price War, Target Highlights Fashion". Business Week. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  17. ^ Sells, Emma (22 January 2010). "Jonathan Saunders for Topshop hits stores today". Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  18. ^ "Biography of Jonathan Saunders". Scottish Style Awards. Retrieved 6 June 2010. 
  19. ^ "Scottish Fashion Awards 2006 Winners". Female First. 12 May 2006. Retrieved 14 August 2015. 
  20. ^ Alexander, Hilary (13 February 2008). "Elle Style Awards". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 June 2010.