Open to universities from across the UK, including a strong contingent from the University of Huddersfield, 22-year-old Jessica Herndlhofer faced strong competition for the prize of an exclusive, one-year paid placement.
The British Fashion Council (BFC) works with its member colleges, which include the University of Huddersfield, to provide opportunities such as placements for students seeking a career in the fashion industry. Members are selected based on their education standards and industry links.
The BFC Colleges Council partners with various fashion companies to run industry-led student competitions with companies such as Topshop and Topman, Burberry, Marks and Spencer, Warehouse, Mulberry and Harrods.
Their placement opportunities include the one in the Topshop competition. The high-street retailer started back in 1964 and since then has grown with over 300 stores in the UK and currently ships to more than 100 countries, sharing their eclectic British style all over the world.
Jessica starts her placement in August this year and is looking forward to it: “I am really excited about working for Topshop and it’s a great opportunity. I will be working across three different design teams which could include casual wear, embroidery or print.”
Jessica will be based at the Arcadia Group Headquarters in London, who own Topshop and Topman along with other well-known high street brands including Burton, BHS, Dorothy Perkins and Wallis.