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08 August 2013

Rachel Atkinson

Amy Cavill sees off stiff competition to edit fashion magazine

Pic: Recent University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) graduate Amy Cavill who has been chosen to guest edit the October edition of Company magazine.

A recent graduate from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) has won the highly-sought after opportunity to help edit her favourite magazine.

Amy Cavill, who has just graduated from the Combined Honours Journalism with Film and Media course, has landed the opportunity to guest edit Company, a fashion and trend led magazine.

Company runs the competition to allow readers the chance to gain some experience in the industry.

"I decided to do something a bit different, and created a 'make your own catwalk look', combining all the biggest trends in a paper-doll style format, because I wanted to make something that was a bit of fun and not too boring.”

The 22-year-old said: “To enter the competition you had to submit an autumn/winter 2013 trend report, which could be in any form. I decided to do something a bit different, and created a "make your own catwalk look", combining all the biggest trends in a paper-doll style format, because I wanted to make something that was a bit of fun and not too boring.”

Amy, from Lincoln, is one of eight graduates who will be editing the October issue of the magazine. After her initial submission; she faced a tough process to stand out from the competition.

“I found out I was through to the next stage while I was at an event hosted by Company Magazine, which was such a weird coincidence.”

“The next part was interviews at graduate fashion week, where we had to bring in samples of our work,” said Amy. “I used a few pieces that I had written for the University’s PR1 magazine, as well as some freelance work and coursework. Then we had to wait a week to find out if we'd made it to the final eight.”

She added: “I found out I was through to the next stage while I was at an event hosted by Company Magazine, which was such a weird coincidence.”

The magazine’s editor Victoria White has a strong link with the University and often provides very popular workshops and lectures for students. She was even on hand to help Amy with her dissertation, agreeing to be interviewed for her research.

Amy achieved a first for her work and credits her dissertation tutor Cathy Darby for being on hand to help.

“She has been very supportive in congratulating me, and I can't wait to let her know how I get on,” said Amy.

The Company Grad issue will be out in September.