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Fashion industry big hitters recruit UCLan students

03 May 2013

Lyndsey Boardman

Experts offer top placements

Mamma Mia the musical and the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival are just two events that fashion students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) will help to run this summer thanks to an industry competition organised by the University.

Experts from fashion fields including editorial, commercial, events styling and management offered internships based in London, Edinburgh and Manchester to 11 students following an intensive networking and CV review day at UCLan.

Director of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival Anna Freemantle, Debbie Hurran, Costume and Commercial Stylist on Mamma Mia the musical and freelance photographer and filmmaker Layla Sailor spent the day in Preston working with the second year students, sharing industry advice and reviewing their CVs before selecting the winners.

With an original total of six internships, the industry professionals were so impressed with what they saw that they almost doubled their offerings.

“Working in fashion is incredibly rewarding but hard work and these internships will totally immerse the students in the industry and provide them with valuable experience.”

The placements include working as an assistant to the event director and as a backstage event assistant at the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, costume assistant on Mamma Mia, fashion assistant at Harper’s Bazaar magazine and assistant to art director Layla Sailor.

Edinburgh International Fashion Festival Director Anna Freemantle commented: “I’m really pleased with the creativity and enthusiasm the students have shown and I’m looking forward to working with the four I have chosen.

“Working in fashion is incredibly rewarding but hard work and these internships will totally immerse the students in the industry and provide them with valuable experience.”

“The UCLan fashion courses have a worldwide reputation because they offer a quality educational experience with industry links.”

Kim Howard, a 21-year-old student who’s creative scratch card CV caught the eye of Mamma Mia Costume and Commercial Stylist Debbie Hurran, said: “It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started. Fashion is such a competitive industry and experience is crucial so my time working on Mamma Mia will stand me in good stead for the future.”

The day was organised as part of a new fashion career planning module to provide the students with industry experience.

Fashion lecturer Clare Buckley who arranged the event added: “The UCLan fashion courses have a worldwide reputation because they offer a quality educational experience with industry links. We are continually forging relationships within the fashion industry which enables us to deliver projects and events that are up-to-date and relevant.”