Huddersfield New College Textile Design alumna, Danielle Hill, will soon be heading to the fashion capital of the world, having secured her dream job at fashion house Max Mara in Italy, designing knitwear for the brand’s ‘Weekend’ line.

Danielle, who studied at the College from 2012 to 2014, progressed onto a Fashion Design course at Northumbria University, where she built on skills learnt during her time at the College. It was during her graduate Fashion Show for Northumbria that Danielle was spotted by a number of talent scouts, with her eye catching and unique designs, which included a beautiful hand-stitched coat and knitwear, catching the eye of H&M, Gap, D&G and Max Mara.

After the show, Danielle was invited by Max Mara to apply for a new role working with their lifestyle line, ‘Weekend’, and was set a brief to design an A/W collection. Knowing that competition for the role would be fierce, Danielle drew on the knowledge and expertise she had gained throughout her studies, and set about researching and detailing her plans, going as far as to visit the Max Mara flagship store in London!

Before travelling to take up her role in Italy, Danielle visited College to inspire and motivate our current Textiles Design students, with her story. Students had the opportunity to look through Danielle’s final pieces for her graduate fashion show, and explore the workings of her collection, ‘Adapt’, that landed her the role. The session ended with a Q&A, and some top tips for progression into the fashion industry.

Vicky Close, Textile Design Course Lead and shortlisted TES Teacher of the Year, says “The stunning collection that Danielle submitted to Max Mara reflected her technical skills, conceptual ability and attention to detail. Her in-depth knowledge of her customer base allowed her to create a collection that fitted in seamlessly with the fashion brand’s vision for its ‘Weekend’ line, securing her this prestigious and competitive position at one of Italy’s best loved design houses. Danielle’s natural flair for design and her commitment to going the extra mile have allowed her to stand out from the crowd, and it is these skills that we encourage and develop here at College. It was a pleasure to invite Danielle back to College to inspire our current students. I’m incredibly proud of what she has achieved and I know she will continue to succeed in industry. We wish her the best of luck for her move!”