With another Professional Clothing Awards out of the way, we catch up with previous student winner Bethany Anne Martin on her journey since winning the 2016 CORDURA® Durable Design Award to helping judge this years PCA Vision and landing her job at Incorporatewear.
We had a chance to speak to Bethany about her experiences, Read below:
“I first became involved with the professional clothing industry when I entered the National Student Competition Project 20/20 (now PCA Vision) in 2016, in my second year of study at the University of Northampton. The competition was a reach outside my comfort zone; designing menswear for the first time and exploring professional workwear, but a great challenge that I found I really enjoyed. I never imagined that I would win an award or the opportunities that it would open up!
Following on from achieving the CORDURA® Durable Design Award at the Professional Clothing Awards, I entered my final year at university and decided that I would love to produce a collection of outfits focused on the concept of adventure and creative sportswear. CORDURA® kindly sponsored me throughout this, providing many of the high-quality, performance-based fabrics that my designs required and they have been an amazing supporter to this day.”
See her winning CORDURA® Durable Design here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkWGjryRfZA
“Having been welcomed in to such a great industry I was keen to learn more and so applied for an internship at Incorporatewear to gain insight into their design process. I was so glad I did as within the first week I knew I wanted to stay, so after a few months when they offered me a job as design assistant I was delighted.
Every day is different at work and I’m always learning new things which is so important as a recent graduate, I’ve been able to get really involved with such a variety of projects and the team is so supportive.
This year I was also asked to be on the judging panel for PCA Vision, which was an amazing experience. It was brilliant to see this years students designs and to continue to be connected to the awards as a past winner, being on the other side of the competition this time was quite interesting!
It’s great to see how the awards continue to support students and provide them with the opportunity to connect with industry – to me personally it has proved to be a landmark experience in my career and one that I am incredibly grateful for.”
By Emily Pearce