Topshop announces Graduate Design Programme winners
Huddersfield University's Jessica Herndlhofer and Jonathan Douglas from Glasgow School of Art have been named the winners of the inaugural Graduate Design Programme. The UK programme is held by Topshop, Topman and the British Fashion Council.
Applicants to the programme had to design a 15-piece collection. Herndlhofer won the Topshop prize and gets a prestigious 12 month paid internship at the retailer, while Douglas won the 12-month paid internship at Topman. This marks the third time that Topshop and Topman have teamed up with the BFC to help support emerging fashion talent in the UK.
Jacqui Markham, Design Director of Topshop, said: “Topshop is extremely proud to help develop and nurture young British designers by partnering with the British Fashion Council on The Graduate Design Programme for a third year running. Through this and our support of the NEWGEN initiative, Topshop is looking to the future of fashion and emerging design talent - we look forward to welcoming them to our team.”
Gordon Richardson, Creative Director of Topman, said: “Topman has now been supporting emerging talent for over 10 years and is excited to be helping a new generation of talented designers start their careers through this initiative for the second year running as an integral part of the in-house Topman design team.”
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