Jonathan Saunders is a Scottish fashion designer known for his skill at print and his compelling use of colour. Saunders graduated from Central Saint Martin’s MA programme in printed textiles in 2002. His graduate collection won him the Lancôme Colour Award and immediately brought him to the attention of British fashion editors.
Saunders went on to gain experience with some of fashion’s modern greats, working with Alexander McQueen, Christian Lacroix at Pucci and Phoebe Philo at Chloé, an experience he told the British Fashion Council enabled him to learn invaluable lessons on “how to turn ideas into real product and the complexity of our timing schedules within the fashion industry.” McQueen commissioned Saunders to design prints for his line two days after Saunders showed his graduate collection. It was Saunders who design the widely lauded and much photographed Alexander McQueen Bird-of-Paradise prints.
He launched his line in London Fashion Week in 2003, to immediate critical acclaim. His debut collection was given the accolade of a British Vogue cover in January 2004. Saunders has returned to showing at London Fashion Week, having briefly relocated to New York Fashion Week in 2010.
Saunders collaborates with British retailer Debenhams, and has collaborated with Target and Topshop. He continues to work as a consultant for some of fashion’s biggest names and houses, as well as designing his own line, which continues to receive critical and commercial success.