Huddersfield University's Jessica Herndlhofer and Jonathan Douglas from Glasgow School of Art have been named the winners of the Graduate Design Programme, an initiative supporting graduate talent by Topshop, Topman and the BFC Colleges Council.
The programme marks the third time that Topshop and Topman has teamed up with the BFC to support emerging talent and it offers the two winning students a 12-month paid internship at the Arcadia fashion brands, with Herndlhofer off to Topshop and Douglas heading to Topman.
Applicants to the programme had to submit a mood board that demonstrates strong commercial awareness and understanding of the Topshop and Topman customer, and from this design a 15-piece capsule collection that fully encapsulates their theme, showing key silhouettes, fabrics and colour choices.
These designs were them judged by a committee that included Topshop and Topman representatives, with some applicants invited to talk through their design project.
Jacqui Markham, design director of Topshop, said: “Topshop is extremely proud to help develop and nurture young British designers by partnering with the British Fashion Council on The Graduate Design Programme for a third year running.
“Through this and our support of the NewGen initiative, Topshop is looking to the future of fashion and emerging design talent - we look forward to welcoming them to our team.”
Gordon Richardson, creative director of Topman, added: “Topman has now been supporting emerging talent for over 10 years and is excited to be helping a new generation of talented designers start their careers through this initiative for the second year running as an integral part of the in-house Topman design team.”
Images: Jessica Herndlhofer sketches for Topshop