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Fashion design students set their sights on Levi's internship in California

Feb 13, 2017

Three Salford students - Paige Bruchez, Yasmin Harrison and Val Galbo - have made it into the final 20 in the global X Arts Thread competition run by denim giants Levi’s.

The list includes candidates from design schools in Paris, New York and San Francisco, but no other UK institution has so many candidates in the shortlist.

Nearly 500 fashion students from 84 design schools across the world entered the contest, in which they were invited to create outfits for Levi’s Made & Crafted Fall Winter 2018 line. Of the 20 designers shortlisted, two will be chosen to take part in a 10-week internship at Levi’s California headquarters this summer, where they will work alongside some of the best designers in the world.

The competition is now in its second year, and the University of Salford’s fashion design programme also enjoyed success in 2016 when students Karin Human and Emma Lewin made it into the final eight. Karin now enjoys a position as head designer at Falke Euro Socks based in Cape Town South Africa.

Fashion design programme leader Bashir Aswat said: “Levi’s is an international household name and this competition seeks to find the best young designers from around the world, so for our students to have been shortlisted into the final 20 for the second year running really demonstrates the kind of talent we’re nurturing on our fashion design course. Our guiding principle is to ensure our students develop contemporary professional design skills ready for industry and off-course we are extremely proud to have three candidates from our second year of study in the Levis shortlist, especially given the fact that our students are competing with some of the most prestigious institutes around the world."