Fashion designer Jonathan Saunders thanks his Jehovah's Witness upbringing for his successful career.
Fashion designer Jonathan Saunders says his Jehovah's Witness upbringing pushed him to succeed in the clothing industry.
The Scottish-born designer - who wowed critics with his floral designs for spring/summer 2011 at London Fashion Week - admitted he hasn't spoken to his religious parents since he left home at the age of 16 to pursue a career in fashion.
Jonathan - who is renowned for his edgy geometric designs - said: "You have to go without something to really want it. I'm quite thankful for my upbringing because of that. It pushed me to get what I want."
The 32-year-old also revealed that moving into the world of design was a shock to the system after a fashion-free childhood.
Speaking about his time studying at the Glasgow School of Art, he explained: "Even the physical environment of the art school was influential - it was my first introduction to modernism."
However he found his time at Central Saint Martins - where he graduated with an MA in printed designs - even tougher.
He added to London Fashion Week The Daily newspaper: "It was the biggest awakening. They embrace frivolity. It was a whole other level of fashion that was fascinating to me and I felt completely out of my depth."