Friday, 20th April 2012
M&S and University of Leeds Fashion Project Winners
Three fourth year BA Fashion Design students from the University of Leeds have won prestigious work experience placements with the womenswear team at Marks & Spencer as part of a project to mark the opening of the new M&S Company Archive building at the University. Celebrating the permanent relocation of our Company Archive to Leeds, the project reflects one of our key aims - using the past to inform the future.
11 teams of Fashion Design students were challenged to create an innovative outfit featuring vintage M&S alongside pieces from the current M&S range. The winning outfit was created by Jinny Howarth, Lucy Murfet and Olivia Mills, and was a bright and bold ensemble inspired by the older M&S customer who is stylish yet eclectic. It comprised an original St Michael blouse, Limited Collection top and early per una jacket all sourced through eBay.
Narinda Leon, M&S Design Manager and one of the project judges said: "The standard was exceptionally high and I was incredibly impressed with the attention to detail each outfit contained. The winning outfit was chosen as it really reflects M&S' design ethos of creating stylish clothes for women of all ages."
David Backhouse, University of Leeds Fashion Design Programme Leader said: "The chance to work with a leading fashion retailer has been a fantastic opportunity for our students and they have really enjoyed researching the brand and using the archive to understand M&S' design philosophy and evolving fashions. The archive is a fantastic resource for the university and will be of benefit to students across a range of departments."