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The Big Apple beckons Louise.

Byline: By Jane Hall

Fashion student Louise Graham is hoping to take a huge bite out of the Big Apple after winning a coveted placement with New York designer DKNY.

Northumbria University student Louise, 21, beat 40 other students with her capsule eveningwear collection for men to win the internship.

She also picked up a pounds 250 prize to spend at DKNY in Bond Street, London.

Louise is in the final year of a fashion marketing course and takes up her post when she graduates next summer.

Now the budding designer, of Heaton, Newcastle, has her sights set on winning a full-time job with the famous Donna Karan label and seeing her creations gracing the bodies of America's most discerning males.

Louise, originally from Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, impressed the judges with her 15-piece collection based on simple, unstructured designs using flowing fabrics aimed at the young, trendy, man-about-town.

One of her designs - a one-button black jacket with a printed silk lining - has been made into an actual garment. "The design incorporates loose, soft fabrics to allow freedom of movement and has a Japanese feel to it," Louise said.

She added: "I haven't taken in that I've won yet. It's just great to think I will be working at DKNY. To be able to go to New York alone would be wonderful enough, but to be able to work at DKNY is amazing and I will be looking to get a full-time job there."

Louise has already done work placements with fashion consultancy Joe Baker Design, Escada and new designer Ann Louise Roswald who sells to Harvey Nichols and Selfridges.

Chris Hodge, placements tutor at Northumbria, said: "Winning an internship with one of the world's leading fashion designers will give Louise a real edge in the jobs market. I'm confident she will make a great name for herself in the future."
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2003
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