Luxury department store Harrods has awarded two paid internships to graduates through a partnership with the British Fashion Council.
Amelia Chester from Northumbria University and Jessica Madden from the University of Westminster will join Harrods for a year, to work with the retailer’s own-label buying team on design, development and the retail experience.
The graduates won the Harrods Graduate Competition in partnership with the British Fashion Council (BFC) Colleges Council, which was open to colleges that are members of the BFC.
Course tutors from UK design courses nominated the strongest portfolios from this graduating year for consideration.
A panel of judges including Anne Tyrrell, chair of the BFC Colleges Council, Caroline Rush, chief executive of the BFC and Marigay McKee, fashion and beauty director of Harrods, chose the winning graduates based on their portfolio, written case study and final presentation.
McKee said: ‘“I am thrilled that through this new initiative in partnership with the BFC, Harrods will offer graduates the opportunity to experience the fashion business first hand. Both of the finalist’s presentations perfectly captured the Harrods customer, showing different strengths.
“We loved Amelia’s beautiful womenswear illustrations of classics with a twist, whilst we were impressed with Jessica’s commercial childrenswear designs. Choosing one winner proved impossible, so we decided to offer them both an internship. We look forward to having them on board.”
Rush added: “This competition is a fantastic opportunity for the BFC Colleges Council students to gain an invaluable insight to one of the world’s best retailers. Amelia and Jessica were two exceptionally strong finalists. I’m delighted Harrods has decided to employ both graduates as they complemented one another very well.”