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Student’s design takes M&S prize
12:00pm Friday 25th October 2013 in News
A BUDDING fashion designer has got everything wrapped up after winning a competition with a major high street retailer.
Katherine Watson, who lives off Hereford Road, Ledbury, has designed a woman’s jumper for Marks & Spencer as part of the fourth year of the Campaign for Wool and its theme of knitwear traditions of the British Isles.
Miss Watson’s warming effort is now on sale and will be stocked in the company’s stores nationwide.
The 20-year-old, who studies at the University of Leeds, said: “So many students at Leeds applied for the competition, I never thought I’d win.
“I really tried to focus on the Marks & Spencer brand image and heritage.
“It’s amazing to see my jumper in a shop. The support from the Marks & Spencer team has been amazing, I’ve learnt so much in terms of how to make my designs commercial.”
Miss Watson also had the chance to meet Prince Charles, who is a patron of the campaign, at Clarence House – the Prince of Wales’ official London residence.
As part of this year’s campaign, the Wool School partnered UK fashion brands with leading textile and fashion universities.
The Campaign for Wool was launched in 2010 to educate consumers about the benefits of wool and promote wool-rich products to a national audience in a bid to support and grow the wool industry.
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