Born in Glasgow, Scotland, Jonathan Saunders is known for putting his own spin on color and print in his designs.
Check out the five things to know about Jonathan Saunders!
1. He created a collection for Target: In 2008, Saunders partnered with the mega store chain to launch a limited edition collection for GO International, a program designed to provide affordable fashion created by world-renowned designers.
2. He quickly caught the eyes of the fashion industry: Within 48 hours of showing his final Master of Arts collection at Central Saint Martin's in 2002, Saunders was commissioned to design prints for Alexander Mcqueen, according to Vogue. While at the fashion house, Saunders designed a bird-of-paradise print that became one of the most photographed prints of the spring/summer 2013 season. It was reproduced for McQueen's spring/summer 2008 collection and became one of the most photographed prints again.
3. He's won a ton of awards: In addition to winning the BFC/Vogue Designer's Fund in 2012, which gives designers €200,000 (about $271,520) and mentoring support from other fashion mavens in the industry, he also took home the Lancome Colour Award in 2002.
Saunders went on to win the Fashion Enterprise Award at the British Fashion Awards in 2006 and was named Scottish Designer of the year at the Scottish Style Awards in 2005 and 2011. He also received the BFC Fashion Forward sponsorship for spring/summer 2007 and was shortlisted for the BFC/Vogue Designer Fashion Fund in 2011.
4. He has a long resume: Saunders previously worked with Christian Lacroix at Pucci, Pheobe Philo at Chloe and Alexander McQueen. He said it was at these fashion houses that he learned "how to turn ideas into real product and the complexity of our timing schedules within the fashion industry."
He replaced Rifat Ozbek at Pollini as the brand's creative director in 2008, but continued to design his own line. Before that, Saunders consulted for Chloe and Emilio Pucci under the direction of Christian Lacroix.
5. He has an affinity for knitwear: Saunders told the Independent, a knit with a colorful skirt is really key for me. Knitwear in general - an A-line dress, a flattering dress - is something that's always worked really well. Something that feels special but that ranges through from occasion wear into daywear as well."