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Local student picked by top fashion designer

23 June 2014

Lyndsey Boardman

Jade heads to London for Henry Holland placement.

A St Helens student has bagged a six month placement with one of the country’s top fashion designers after she impressed The House of Holland through Instagram.

Jade Barrett, a 22-year-old final year digital design for fashion student at the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), caught the eye of designers from the House of Holland fashion label after she sent them her CV and work samples following a call for interns via the social network site.

The Billinge student impressed with her final collection portfolio and will now spend six months working as a Product Development Intern at Henry Holland with a design team on the label’s final collection for a catwalk show.

Jade commented: “I’m really pleased and excited. I’m seeing it as a six month interview and hopefully it will act as a spring board for my career in the fashion industry.”

“I’ve always been a big fan of Marilyn Monroe and 1950s America was a great era for fashion. I love bright colours and a mix of materials so that has come through in my work.”

Jade’s spring and summer collection, which takes a tongue in cheek look at 1950’s American fashion, contains 24 brightly coloured outfits that focus on textures using embroidery and lace.

She said: “I’ve always been a big fan of Marilyn Monroe and 1950s America was a great era for fashion. I love bright colours and a mix of materials so that has come through in my work.”

Jade’s work also impressed judges at this year’s Graduate Fashion Week in London, which attracts the great and the good from the UK fashion industry, where she was named runner up for the Karen Millan Portfolio Award.

The former Rainford High Technical College pupil has even attracted interest further afield and is in the process of arranging an interview with global fashion brand Abercrombie and Fitch for a year-long placement in Ohio, USA.

Jade added: “It’s certainly an interesting start to my career and my aim is to one day be a successful designer of ready to wear women’s wear. My mum showed me how to use a sewing machine when I started secondary school and I’ve never looked back.”