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Siobhan Quenby

Print designer, Debenhams, aged 25

Print designers are often the unsung heroes of design teams, but not prize-winning Siobhan Quenby, who joined department store chain Debenhams in 2009 on graduating from Leeds College of Art and Design. While at college she scooped a clutch of textile prizes as well as achieving the highest degree grade in her university year.

Working on Designers at Debenhams programmes with Henry Holland and Jasper Conran, Quenby has already created a number of collection best-sellers. She even used one print from her graduate show successfully.

She has recently added colour forecasting and planning to her design role, - an additional responsibility that Debenhams has trained her to do.

“University is all about creativity and work is about commerciality. Debenhams helps you to make that transition with lots of training from how to behave when with suppliers, to how to describe colour professionally. It’s setting me up for being in the industry, and for my ambition to eventually become a design director,” she says.

Debenhams womenswear design director Karen Peacock says: “Siobhan has shown an amazing talent in terms of her design work. Her handwriting is very inspirational; beautiful hand-drawn illustrative style with the ability to adapt her technique depending on the brand she is designing for.

“She is often the last one to leave the office and is always eager to do the best she can and has good interpersonal and team skills.”

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