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Timeline: Kate Bostock's 36 years in fashion

After a brief stint at Asos, Kate Bostock has resurfaced at Coast, where she will be chief executive. Drapers takes a look back at her career throughout the industry.

1977 - After graduating from Derby College with a diploma in Art and Fashion Design, Bostock launches her career in fashion as a trainee at Leicester knitwear supplier Klynton Davis

1983 - Shortly after being made head designer at Klynton Davis, Bostock is headhunted by M&S supplier Bent & Sons

1986 - Bostock moves to the design team of lesser known womens fashion brand, Pippa Dee

1991 - After five years with Pippa Dee, Bostock launches her own brand, Charnwood Design

1993 - Bostock closes the brand and goes back to designing at Pippa Dee

1994 – Next snaps her up to become product director for kidswear

2001 - Asda then welcomes Bostock as its product director for own-label George, where she is made responsible for clothing and footwear, including buying, design and technology, as well as the launch of its standalone store concept and as a global brand

2004 - Bostock begins her career at Marks and Spencer as head of womenswear

2007 – Babywear, footwear, accessories and lingerie are included under Bostock’s remit

2008 - Manchester Metropolitan University honours Bostock for her services to fashion retail with an honorary doctorate in business administration

2008 - Bostock moves up another step on the M&S career ladder, becoming the director of general merchandise, a title that was labelled as the ‘biggest job in fashion retail’

2010 - Former Morrisons boss Marc Bolland is appointed chief executive at M&S over Bostock

2012 - Bostock resigns from both her position and the board at M&S. John Dixon, executive director of food, is appointed as her replacement

January 2013 – After months of speculation Bostock joins Asos as the executive director of product and trading

July 2013 – Bostock leaves Asos after just seven months

August 2013 - Bostock takes on reins at Coast

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