Topshop and Topman Graduate Design Programme winners

Topshop is one of my favourite stores. Always fashion forward, always innovative, they do things that are that little bit quirky, but also cover the basics well.

They work with young designers, established designers and celebrities and have now announced the first two winners of the Graduate Design Programme, in association with the British Fashion Council (BFC).

This latest initiative supporting graduate talent, has been pioneered as a joint venture in partnership with the BFC Colleges Council, and the winners of the inaugural awards are Sally Hewett from Northumbria University for Topshop and Rebecca Howarth from Manchester School of Art for Topman.

From left to right:  Susan Hewett (Topman) Rebecca Howarth, Topman winner, Sally Hewett, Topshop winner, and Lizzie Dawson, (Topshop).

From left to right: Susan Hewett (Topman) Rebecca Howarth, Topman winner, Sally Hewett, Topshop winner, and Lizzie Dawson, (Topshop).

The Graduate Design Programme offers the two students a prestigious 12 month paid internship at Topshop and Topman respectively.
Students were invited to submit a minimum of one mood board that demonstrates strong commercial awareness and understanding of the Topshop or Topman customer.

From this mood board, applicants designed a 15 piece capsule collection that fully encapsulated their theme, showing key silhouettes, fabrics and colour choices.

A selection committee comprised of Topshop and Topman representatives invited applicants to a judging meeting to talk through their design project. The calibre of work was extremely high and a lengthy decision process was involved before the final decision on the winner was reached.

“As sponsors of our emerging talent initiatives Newgen and Newgen Men, we’re delighted to be partnering with TOPSHOP and TOPMAN on this new venture to extend further support to graduate level talent,” said Simon Ward, COO, British Fashion Council.

“The Graduate Design Programme offers students invaluable industry experience and we’re certain both winners will thrive from the experience.”

Mary Homer, Managing Director of Topshop, added; “The Graduate Design Programme in partnership with the British Fashion Council is a natural extension of our work with design talent in the UK; it allows us to support emerging and graduate designers. The winner will have the opportunity to develop as a designer and gain valuable first-hand experience of a business through their time at Topshop.”

So, if you are a fashion student, and fancy working for one of the most innovative and supportive brands on our high streets and shopping malls.

Visit www.britishfashioncouncil.com/collegescouncil for more information, and your designs could be gracing Topshop or Topman’s rails one day!