BA (Hons) Textiles student, Jess Way, recently completed a four-week internship at Burberry.

“Burberry is globally renowned for its luxurious and innovative materials, so the chance to intern in the Fabric and Trims department at their Head Office in London for four weeks was a really brilliant opportunity.

“Experiencing first-hand the studio environment gave me an insight into the mechanics of a luxury fashion house, especially in regards to material sourcing and time frames. My roles involved archiving fabrics, replicating mood boards into files for the designers to take to the Italian mills and factories, and handling and filing all of the runway SS18 fabrics.

“I feel I have come away for the experience having gained knowledge of not only materials and trims, but perhaps more importantly, of the way textiles is put into practice within the fashion industry. It exposed a lot of jobs that I had never previously considered within the role of fabric sourcing, such as chasing suppliers and arranging meetings with the designers to check the decisions made.

“During my third week I was fortunate enough to be a part of the beginning stages of research for the SS18 runway collection, and I had to search through the trim archives to present relevant samples that reflected the given theme. This was one of the more creative opportunities I was given during my placement, and it helped me to distinguish that the research and sourcing process is so important, and one that I would like to further look into as a possible career path.

“The whole experience; from living in London for 4 weeks to the actual internship, has been incredibly useful for educating the direction of my future studies. I feel very fortunate to have been provided with the opportunity in 1st year to go on placement as such a renowned fashion brand, and to have had the help of the Textile tutors to guide us through the process.”