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What have you been doing since Graduate Fashion Week 2012?

We catch up with some of last year’s graduates.

Style Council

Karen Jessen

I found a job as a lecturer for pattern making and tailoring at ESMOD Berlin. I was also exhibiting my collection (GFW, pictured) in different places in Germany, as well as Vienna and a second time in London at Pure.

I won sponsorship for my show at Berlin Fashion Week in January and started to extend my diploma collection to fill a whole show, partnering with my friend Anna Bach to launch the label Benu Berlin. We’ve just moved to a new studio and are developing the concept.

Chloe Jones

It’s been a crazy year. Last summer (GFW, pictured) was very busy - moving down to London permanently and starting work straight away with George at Asda, where it was really exciting to see my range come out in January. While I was there I also designed a capsule collection for spring/summer as part of the G21 Talent project.

Hollie Reid

Since GFW I’ve spent some time abroad in the US and have worked on a number of small design projects for charity Blackpool Food Bank and other companies who I’ve maintained relationships with since my placement year. I’ve also developed and launched my own small handmade accessory brand Northern Goods Co (pictured)
with my fiancé and fellow UCLan graduate Matthew Pike.

Kerrie Donnelly

I was really lucky to have secured a full-time job in the industry pretty soon after GFW, at Radiator PR.

I had a few interviews in the weeks after the awards and I had some amazing feedback off the back of my win. I started working with Radiator at the end of August and I’ve learned so much and feel incredibly lucky to be working with brands I’ve loved for years, including Puffa (pictured).

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