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A contour fashion student from De Montfort University (DMU) will be on her way to the USA this autumn, after securing a job with one of the world’s leading fashion brands.

Hannah Thomas, 22, has been offered a job at Abercrombie & Fitch after impressing the company with her designs for their lingerie label and following a rigorous round of interviews.

She’ll take up her design post at the company’s headquarters in Ohio in October and can’t wait to start her new job.

“I’m really excited, and it still hasn’t sunk in, despite the fact that I was offered the job back in February,” said Hannah, who’s from Monmouth in Wales.

“Having a job lined up was a big weight off my mind – and working for a company as prestigious as Abercrombie & Fitch is a dream come true.”

Sarah Brennand, recruitment manager for Abercrombie & Fitch, has worked closely with DMU over the past six years.

“De Montfort University consistently produces excellent calibre graduates, with a specialised skillset that makes them very appealing to our business,” she said.

“The students graduate with a technical know-how and an understanding of underwear that means they’re extremely employable.

“We’re delighted that, once again, we’re able to offer a job to a DMU graduate and we looking forward to welcoming Hannah to our headquarters in the US in October.”

The opportunity to get noticed by Abercrombie & Fitch came when Hannah and the other students on DMU’s contour fashion course were offered the chance to work on an extra-curricular project.

The challenge was to design a collection for Gilly Hicks – Abercrombie & Fitch’s lingerie label that’s aimed at young women.

Hannah – who graduates in July – found inspiration for her designs in the countryside around her home in Wales and was thrilled when she heard she’d been shortlisted for interview.

“I was interviewed in the UK and was then flown to the States, where I had three more interviews,” she said.

“The whole experience was amazing – and they looked after me so well.”

Since hearing that she had a job lined up, Hannah has been busy working on her lingerie collection that was showcased at DMU’s contour fashion show in London last week (7 June).

Her six outfits, with a black and copper colour scheme, were amongst the 20 collections presented by DMU’s final year students.

“Having a great job to go to in October meant that I could relax and enjoy the contour catwalk show, “ said Hannah.

“It’s been hard work, but it’s all paid off.”

Gillian Proctor, head of the contour fashion degree, said: “We pride ourselves on producing graduates who can demonstrate their creativity and innovation – which is why Abercrombie & Fitch are such keen supporters of our course.

“Hannah is a lively, personable and articulate young woman who I think will fit in perfectly in the team in Ohio. She’s worked really hard for this and I’m sure she’ll do well.”

DMU’s Contour Fashion course celebrates its 65th anniversary this year and is widely regarded as one of the best in the world by industry experts.

Details about DMU’s BA (Hons) Contour Fashion and its BA (Hons) Fashion and Contour Design are available at

Posted on Tuesday 12th June 2012

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