22nd March 2006

 

FASHION GRADUATE EMBARKS ON DESIGNER CAREER

 

A Fashion Studies graduate from the University of Lincoln has landed herself a top job working for international fashion house Jaeger of London.

 

23-year-old Katie Hughes from Solihull will be putting the skills she learnt at university into practice when she starts her new job as a design assistant on Monday 27th March.

 

Katie graduated from the University of Lincoln’s School of Art and Design with first-class honours in 2005. She also won the faculty’s student performance award and the British Glove Association’s national design competition in 2005.

 

She went on to do a Postgraduate Certificate in Creative Pattern Cutting for the Industry at the London College of Fashion.

 

It was while she was studying at the college, which is part of the University of the Arts, that Katie got her lucky break.

 

“The external moderator for the course I was studying works as a designer at Jaeger,” said Katie. “She saw my work and asked me if I would like to meet her. She invited me to go for an interview and offered me the position.

 

“I still can’t believe I’ve got a job working for a major fashion designer. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do and spent my whole degree working towards.

 

“I am really excited about the job and can’t wait to start on Monday. I’ve been really lucky in the way it happened - being picked out from all the other students on the course rather than having to go through the whole application process.”

 

Katie said the Fashion Studies course at the University of Lincoln gave her a good grounding for her chosen career.

 

“The tutors are really experienced and taught me a lot. The course is very broad-based and there’s a lot of focus on getting a job at the end of it. I did a six-month work placement at Matthew Williamson while I was studying in London and I was amazed by the amount of things I already knew.”

 

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