A fashion designer and former Blackpool and The Fylde College student told undergraduates to seize opportunities if they want success in the highly-competitive clothing industry.
Jenna Young, creative director of This Is The Uniform, spoke to degree students as part of a career day at B&FC, where she outlined what she looked for in new collaborators.
Jenna studied art and design at B&FC before her degree in Fine Art and Textiles at Goldsmiths, in London and told students it was important to begin building industry-relevant experience while in education.
She said: “A lot of commercial designers were previously London-based which has given students opportunities to get internships, but more are now basing themselves elsewhere, as they can’t afford London prices. There are opportunities in the north and it’s important to be aware of those and get experience. If you can’t get that through an internship or work experience, create your own opportunities, working with other students in creative arts to put a project together.”
The event saw Jenna’s presentation followed by a networking opportunity with industry figures and student portfolio presentations.