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Student proves she’s the Top (wo)man for the job

A BA (Hons) Fashion Design student impressed Topman’s London office so much with her football-inspired collection that she has now been offered a paid design internship for a year with the high street fashion brand.

UCA Rochester student Lucy Ward, who is 21 and from Essex, was named the winner of the British Fashion Council competition and will commence her new role after graduating this summer.

Lucy says: “It feels brilliant to have won the competition and to graduate knowing that I am going straight into employment for a major fashion brand. The brief was to design a 15-piece collection based on any concept, and I took inspiration from the eighties as well as some aspects of football.

“I started off by doing some trend and customer research and my designs grew gradually from the findings. The pressure was on to create a memorable collection that would stand up against stiff competition, while also finishing off my graduate collection at the same time. It’s so rewarding to have all the hard work pay off.”

Lucy’s designs incorporate pastel colours and include a mixture of sportswear and streetwear. After submitting her initial concept, she was invited for an interview at Topman in London where she presented her work, along with other garments from her graduate collection.

“Doing competitions is such a fantastic way to show companies your designs and skills, and to connect with all kinds of people in the industry,” Lucy adds. “I’m so excited to start my new role this October and extremely grateful for the opportunity I had to come up with a concept and present it to Topman. It’s so important for students to enter as many competitions as they can. Even if you don’t win, you never know who will see your work and be impressed by it.”