Luxury department store Harrods has awarded a paid internship to graduate Kate Wallis through a partnership with the British Fashion Council (BFC).
Wallis from the University of Westminster has won a year’s paid internship working alongside the Harrods own label buying team on design, development and the retail experience.
Tutors from design courses at colleges which are members of the BFC nominated the strongest portfolios from those graduating this year for consideration.
A judging panel including Anne Tyrrell, chair of the BFC Colleges Council, Caroline Rush, chief executive officer of the BFC and Marigay McKee, Harrods fashion and beauty director then chose the winning graduate based on their portfolio, written case study and final presentation.
McKee said: “I am thrilled that for the second year, Harrods in partnership with the BFC will offer a talented graduate the opportunity to experience the fashion business first hand. Kate’s final presentation perfectly captured the Harrods customer and we loved her commercial designs and beautiful illustrations. We look forward to Kate joining the team.”
Rush said: “The BFC Colleges Council is vital for nurturing the young design talents in the UK, like Kate. The Harrods Graduate Competition offers invaluable experience and insight into the fashion industry and we’d like to thank Harrods for their ongoing support of the Colleges Council.”