Print Design Student Ellie Bennewith’s placement experience

Printed Textiles Student Ellie Bennewith offers us an insight into the experience she gained through the Industry Placement Module.

During my second year I was exposed to multitude of exciting roles within the textile industry. Two roles that I’ve explored within printed textiles were working with the team at Fairbairn and Wolf Studio (FWS) and designing in-house for a week with Blendworth Interiors.


I really enjoyed my time at FWS (a freelance studio based in Peckham) not only did I learn a lot about the industry but I learnt what it’s like to be part of a design team and create relationships with other designers. My week at Blendworth Interiors was a completely different atmosphere because fashion is much faster than interiors. The pace was much slower, which, allowed designers to have more time to consider and create stories for each of their designs. I think I preferred the faster pace as FWS, it was ‘mental’ at times but I left the studio proud of what I had achieved. This has really helped me to discover which area of the textile industry I would like to go into. I think, before my placement, I was definitely leaning towards interiors but now I like the intensity of the fashion industry.

This experience has been invaluable to my development as a designer. On reflection, I have developed key skills that will make me more employable, such as, improving my CAD skills and developing a commercial hand on screen and paper. I built on my transferrable skills as I listened to feedback to improve my independent work but also experienced what it is like to work within a design team – an experience which cannot be replicated at university.

I’ve been exposed to experiences that can only happen on placement, like the preparation for tradeshows and getting to assist a client. Through working with FWS I’ve become more aware of culture impacting the concept of taste, as a result it has forced me to work out of my comfort zone and develop an awareness of how the textile industry works on a global scale.  This will have a significant impact on my studies when I enter my third year as I will recognise and be able to produce a cohesive collection demonstrating a variety of skills.

Before I started my placement, I had my reservations, I was afraid to start in a new environment with completely new people. But the experience was far better than I expected, I loved doing the Placement Module. After being in education all my life, it was a fantastic opportunity to try something different and have a taste of what life could be like after I graduate. For such a long time I convinced myself that all I wanted to do, once I left education, is travel around the world before the stress of getting a job. Since my placement, my opinion changed, the prospect of getting a job in an industry that I love is more exciting than travelling. Something I never thought I would say!!

Internship at Roksanda Sample Room

Roksanda Sampling team are looking for suitable interns to help with the making of the next main and pre-collections, you will get to experience all the stages of developing a major womenswear collection. Successful candidate will experience how the sampling department interacts with the design and production teams.
Suitable for applicants who are presently studying a fashion degree or on the placement year
Preferred internship duration is 3 – 6 months
A daily travel allowance of £10 is offered for this role
  • Assisting product development team with toiling for fittings,
  • Liaison with pattern cutters and machinists,
  • Working alongside sample cutter;
  • Hand finishing final samples including embroidery,
  • Assisting with finishing trials,
  • Assisting at the photoshoot,
  • Backstage help during London Fashion Week
  • Good knowledge of fabrics and garment construction,
  • Confident in hand/machine sewing,
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills,
  • Strong attention to detail,
  • Candidate would have a positive and enthusiastic attitude.
To apply go here

General Studio Student Internship at Osman

Job Purpose
To assist the whole team in general studio work, working closely with pattern cutters, product developers and machinists.
  • Should have a high level of pattern knowledge, garment construction, attention to detail, lay planning and take a logical and pro-active approach to problem solving.
  • Can work under pressure and deadlines
  • Good team worker
  • Able to multitask
  • Hardworking
  • Fluent English written and verbally.
  • Must still be in education during the 6 month internship i.e. placement year
  • Tracing off patterns
  • Be able to have knowledge when cutting out fabric and lay planning, being able to make good use of fabric consumption
  • Work closely with the pattern cutters, product developers and machinists to ensure clear communication.
  • Able to help other departments if needed
  • Check patterns are correct before cutting
  • General house keeping
  • Source fabrics and trims when needed
Minimum 6 months internship, start ASAP and travel expenses paid for. Please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter via the link here. Only successful applicants will be contacted.

Print Design Student Rosie Franklin tells us about her internship at Tatty Devine

Rosie Franklin, currently in her first year studying Printed Textiles, spent her Easter break interning at London based accessories company Tatty Devine as part of the production team. Rosie tells us about her inspiring and positive experience…

‘As a production team intern, I was tasked with assembling pieces for a wide range of uses, whether that was to show to potential stockists or for selling at the annual sample sale. Creating the jewellery required a high level of precision and attention to detail that I sometimes found challenging but I felt like I was constantly improving my skills throughout the whole time I was there. The company is a small business with around twenty employees and interns working in the Brick Lane-based studio, meaning it is a close knit and friendly environment. For example, while I was there I was treated to a chocolate egg hunt around the office and boiled egg decorating competition in the run up to the bank holiday weekend, as well as daily edible treats bought by my fellow employees. It was amazing to experience the real world of work but in a way that was made really fun by the others working there. I felt immediately welcomed by everyone, something that I was worried about after hearing so many work experience horror stories!

Tatty Devine Studio

Undertaking an internship over the Easter holidays was probably one of the best things I have done for many reasons. Not only did it give me a chance to experience the working environment of a small business but I also learnt a lot about my aspirations for the future (both what I want and wouldn’t want to do). As well as this, the friendships that I formed while working in close proximity with other creative people are not only good connections for the future but hearing about their experiences on both their degrees and the world of work were really interesting and inspiring. Becoming more knowledgeable about London transport was also an essential skill that I learnt. It will definitely be useful as the confidence I gained while doing this internship has made me seriously consider living in London in the future, something that I was nervous to do before, having never travelled there on my own until I started my degree. In short, it was an amazing experience and I would encourage anyone to try an internship, no matter how long or short it is: there were so many unexpected things I learnt that I never would have otherwise and I can’t wait to see what’s next.’

Julien Macdonald Knitwear Design Internship

Julien Macdonald is a luxury women’s fashion brand famous for its red carpet dressing.

We are currently looking to fill knit internship positions for the S/S 17 show from May to September 2016. We are looking for students with excellent knitting skills. You should have previous experience using domestic knitting machines; fully fashioning garments and be very competent and confident with a wide variety of stitches.

Essential Personal Skills
We are looking for an individual with the following personal skills and attributes:

  • Professional and enthusiastic attitude & approach;
  • Flexible and self-motivated approach with the ability to adapt to a changing environment;
  • Have the ability to operate effectively as part of a team as well as, where appropriate, on your own initiative;

We are looking for interns to work for up to 6 months to help us prepare for the show which is in late September.

If you think you’ve got what it takes please send your CV and examples of work with a brief covering letter  to Emilia Pancheri via the link here.

Menswear Styling and Studio Internship

London based, Rose Forde is a Menswear Stylist & Consultant working across editorial, campaign & talent dressing. Rose Forde contributes to several international titles including L’UOMO Vogue, GQ, L’Officiel Hommes, Numero Homme as a Contributing Fashion Editor and also has a roster of high-profile actors and musicians for image management.
The studio is a busy environment and we are a small team so there are many opportunities to learn and grow.
This is an voluntary internship for someone who is looking for experience in this area of styling & fashion or has experience but wants the opportunity to work in smaller team so that greater responsibility on projects can be achieved.
The role will require dedication to each project and the ability to work well in a team.
Independent time keeping and a polite proactive attitude to each job.
Responsibilities will include:
  • pull-ins & returns
  • editing looks
  • studio admin
  • creating fashion & mood boards
  • assisting on shoot days
Rose Forde runs a intern programme that runs for 6 weeks, candidates will be able to complete key tasks and leave with key skills for their CV. The studio team will advise and guide each intern and ensure that time given is valued and rewarded with experience that benefits further career goals. Each intern will leave with a review and points for CV completed by the studio team.
For more details and to apply

Paid 6 Month Fashion and Textiles Design Internship at Derek Rose

Paid Fashion and Textiles Design Internship
Derek Rose are a luxury brand based on Baker Street, London specialising in nightwear, underwear and loungewear. All of our textiles are designed in-house including repeat print, jacquards and yarn dyed stripes and checks. This is an exciting opportunity for a Textiles graduate looking to gain industry experience.
You will be a part of a small team working directly with the internal designers contributing to the development of the collections and supporting the general running of the design office.

This internship is full time and will last six months to start 26th February 2016.
The ideal candidate:

  • Fashion/Textiles (BA) hons degree.
  • Interest and knowledge of designing prints and yarn dyed stripes and checks.
  • Strong commercial awareness.
  • Interest in textile design for both men’s and womenswear.
  • Must be proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, InDesign, and Illustrator).
  • An excellent understanding of working in a fashion environment and of the design process.
  • Be proactive and able to work independently on your own initiative.

Duties to include:

  • Assisting the designers to design print, jacquards and yarn dyed stripes and checks.
  • Creating technical design sheets.
  • Using Adobe Creative Suite to bring concepts to design.
  • Assisting with administrative tasks including archiving fabrics, filing, answering calls, maintaining showroom, updating design boards and other day to day tasks.
  • Researching new trends, creating mood boards and colour research.

If this sounds like you, we would like to hear from you. To apply send us a copy of your PDF portfolio and CV.

For more details and to apply go here

Menswear Design Paid Internship at Loewe, Paris

Today, LOEWE approaches 170 years as one of the world’s major luxury houses, defined by the modernity of its past, an unwavering confidence in the present, and a firm look forward. Craftsmanship, progress and unequalled expertise with leather, LOEWE’s founding pillars, are reconfigured with a timely awareness evident in desirable and functional products across multiple categories, including ready-to-wear, accessories, home and lifestyle. Spain is where LOEWE was born and remains the brand’s home.

The intern will be joining the Menswear Design team for the creation of the new collection as creative support and research assistant.

Main duties
– Support to creative needs
– Research and collaboration on colour pallettes
– Technical drawings (by computer and by hand)
– Collaborate with Designers researching materials
– Fill up the lines sheet with the color ways
– Assist in gathering and delivering information and data for the preparation of new collections

Skills & Experience
– Passion for fashion creativity
– High command of English.
– High command of Illustrator and Photoshop
– Research sensibility
– Creativity and innovation

Salary €900 per month

Location of internship Paris 6th, France

Internship Length 6 months

Closing date December 03, 2015

For more information and to apply go here

Production Internship at Christopher Raeburn

Christopher Raeburn is one of the most exciting emerging fashion brands in the UK. Over the last four years the brand has developed a unique and innovative approach to design applied to menswear, womenswear, and accessories. The business currently produces four collections a year two men’s and two women’s along with complementary men’s and women’s accessories.

• Aiding the production team through out the production of both menswear and womenswear collections.
• Helping prepare for production with stock checks and managing trims.
• Resourcing fabrics and trims for production (this can apply especially to the ex military fabrics)
• Work along side Pattern Cutter on pattern amends in preparation for cutting.
• Help with organising in house production, cutting, collating trims, finishes.
• Be actively involved in the QC stage, inc factory visits – needs to have a keen eye for detail.
• Aid with packing and shipping – keeping the studio space organised in this busy stage of production.

• Technical understanding of fabric and garment construction.
• Pattern cutting skills.
• Excellent organizational skills.
• Keen eye for detail and understanding of high quality.

To apply go here

Phase Eight: Print Design Intern (starting July 2016)

London based label Phase Eight are looking for a full time Print Design Intern to start in July 2016.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Design team and Print Designer.

The Main duties and responsibilities will include:

-Researching fashion and print trends through Magazines, WGSN, blogs, websites and regular London shop research.
-Chasing samples and liaising with overseas and UK suppliers.
-Organisation of the Design Department, filing, copying and general admin tasks.
-Re-working Design specs, attending garment fit meetings, photographing and logging samples.
-Help with the creation of mood boards and theme presentations.
-Creation of hand painted and digital prints.
-Re-colouring prints in Photoshop. Reworking layouts and putting designs into repeat.
-Designing or reworking embroidery and print layouts onto a garment spec.

Person Specification:

-Strong Photoshop and Illustrator skills are essential.
-Excellent communication skills.
-Studying for a Printed Textile Design Degree or Fashion with Print.
-Competent in Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
-We are looking for someone reliable, helpful and above all enthusiastic.
-A motivated individual with an ambition to develop a career in Print or Fashion Design

For more details and to apply go here.