Legendary fashion designer Pam Hogg and artist Christine Borland to be honoured by Glasgow School of Art
An acclaimed fashion designer and a Turner Prize nominated artist are to be honoured by the Glasgow School of Art.
Pam Hogg and Christine Borland will be recognised at the school's (GSA) graduation.
Both will be recognised with Honorary Doctorates of Letters today.
Both are graduates of GSA and are being recognised for their "major contribution to the creative life of the nation."
Pam Hogg has been a key figure British fashion design, music and art since the early 1980s.
Joining her first band, Rubbish, at the end of the 70s she regularly supported The Pogues in their early years.
She launched her first fashion collection in 1981 and went on to design clothes for leading performers including Siouxsie Sioux and Debbie Harry.
More recently Pam Hogg’s creations have been work by Kylie Minogue, Lilly Allen, Kate Moss, Rhianna and Lady Gaga among others.
Professor Tom Inns, director of the GSA, said: "Pam’s work has acted as a catalyst for huge shifts that have taken place in British culture since the 1980s when London, and its associated club cultures, came to influence and dominate the visual language of fashion, graphic design, magazines and music worldwide.
"Along with her contemporaries – such as John Galliano, Body Map, Leigh Bowery and Vivienne Westwood – she developed an approach to design that draws upon an understanding and melding of popular culture, fine art, music and the club scene that spawned them.
"Pam still places huge pride and importance in her Glaswegian origins and her time at GSA and the feeling is entirely mutual. As an institution we are immensely proud of her and her achievements. And, as a city we still think of her as one of our own."
Ms Hogg said: "It’s a great honour to receive my Honorary Doctorate of Letters, especially from Glasgow as it’s this city which gave me my identity, my character and inspiration.
"Going to The Glasgow School of Art was momentous, at school I'd won all the art prizes, but this was the first time I’d felt challenged as I was amongst such talented people in the most inspiring surroundings.
"As a teenager, arriving at the bottom of the steps leading up to the main door of the Mackintosh building, I knew my life would change forever.”
Christine Borland is a leading member of the generation of artists who transformed Glasgow into an internationally recognised centre for contemporary art in the 1990s.
After graduating from the GSA she maintained an academic connection with the institution for many years both as a teacher and, latterly, a research fellow before being appointed Baltic Northumbria Professor of Contemporary Art – a collaborative venture between the Baltic Centre and the University of Northumbria – in 2011.
"My great, sociable education at GSA and the friends, peers and teachers who contributed to it, has been the foundation for my subsequent career and practice as an artist,” said Ms Borland.
"It's a lovely testament to all of them to receive this award and share it at what I hope will be a great celebration with the Scottish arts community, present and future, at the degree ceremony today".