Introducing Katherine Garbutt, this year’s Jeans for Genes Day fashion t-shirt design winner!

This year, Jeans for Genes are delighted to have teamed up with the prestigious Glasgow School of Art to design our 2016 limited edition fashion t-shirt!

Students from GSA were challenged to design a t-shirt which represents the Jeans for Genes brand and appeal to our fashion conscious supporters. After weeks of hard work, designs were submitted and our panel of fashion experts had the difficult decision of choosing a winner. This year, the winning entry came from Katherine Garbutt, a second year Textile Design student. The panel loved how the hand-drawn design is not only straight to the point and very easy to wear but was also inspired by Katherine’s own inheritance in the form of her handwriting which holds hints of her parents and grandparents script. The t-shirt is a gorgeous piece that can be dressed down with denim shorts and sandals or dressed up with jeans and heels!

Jeans for Genes chatted to winning designer Katherine to find out her inspiration behind the design and what it means to her to take the crown this year!

Katherine and her winning t-shirt design

What made you choose to go into design and illustration?

I have always enjoyed drawing in any form and I chose to study Textile Design to learn more about print and pattern design.

Had you heard of Jeans for Genes Day before the competition?

I knew about the work Jeans for Genes do in raising money for a wide range of genetic disorders that affect a huge amount of people. Whilst working on the design I learned a lot more about what the charity do and how Jeans for Genes Day has such a wide-reaching impact on peoples’ lives.

How did you feel about entering the t-shirt design competition?

I was anxious to enter the competition as I didn’t think that I would win! It was fun to do something outside of my university work and to work on a live brief. I enjoyed working with the charity and hearing their feedback on works-in-progress.

What was the inspiration behind your design?

The design is about how our handwriting is connected to our family, I can see some of the way I write in my parents, siblings and even grandparents writing. I love simplicity in design and wanted to make it both personal and universal.

Katherine’s design was inspired by her inheritance in the form of her handwriting

How did you develop the design?

Once I had the idea, it was a case of a lot of experimentation with scale, placement and colours…and lots of writing! 

Was this your first piece of clothing design? What did you learn?

This was this first t-shirt that I designed. I learned a lot about working to a live brief, research what was currently on the market and using that to guide the design process.

What are the benefits of winning the competition for you?

It is a huge confidence boost which is a great motivator as a design student. It has made me value my own style a little bit more and have confidence to produce more work.

Who would you most like to see wearing the t-shirt?

Livia Firth, I admire that she has used her fame to promote green and ethical fashion.

Who are your favourite fashion designers?

Yii, Tsumori Chisato, Delpozo, Dusen Dusen, Rodebjer.

What is your favourite brand of jeans? What is your favourite cut?

Howies and skinny blue jeans.

How has the competition helped your university course?

The competition has helped me apply the skills that I have learned at university to a live brief and to consider the many processes a design must go through before it is produced.

 What are you plans for the future?

I would like to specialise in printed textiles here at GSA, I am also planning on taking part in an exchange programme in Tokyo for the first term of my third year.  After university I would love to work as a print designer.

Kate Moss

Nicola Roberts black tee


Frankie Bridge black tee

Louise Thompson black tee

Tallia Storm Black Tee

This year, the Jeans for Genes Day t-shirt has been modelled by several high profile celebrities including the beautiful Kate Moss, Nicola Roberts, Frankie Bridge, Louise Thompson and Tallia Storm and are available in sizes 6-22. Get yours before they’re gone at!

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