Date published: February 21, 2017
Three students make final cut in Levi's international competition
Paige Bruchez, Yasmin Harrison and Val Galbo have been selected from hundreds around the world to make the final 20 in the global X Arts Thread competition run by denim giants Levi’s.
The list includes candidates from design schools in Paris, New York and San Francisco, but no other UK institution has so many candidates in the shortlist.
Nearly 500 fashion students from 84 design schools across the world entered the contest, in which they were invited to create outfits for Levi’s Made & Crafted Fall Winter 2018 line. Of the 20 designers shortlisted, two will be chosen to take part in a 10-week internship at Levi’s California headquarters this summer, where they will work alongside some of the best designers in the world.
Paige Bruchez, who gave a new interpretation of an old Antarctic Research parker for the competition, said that reaching the final cut was an ‘amazing achievement.’
Paige said: “When I first received the e-mail I was so excited to share the news with my fellow designers. To get this far within the competition is such an amazing achievement. We have all worked so hard and supported each other throughout this significant journey so far.”
Fellow finalist Yasmin Harrison, whose concept focused on the youth culture in the UK today, said that she felt ‘elated’ about joining Paige and Val Galbo in the final 20.
Yasmin said: “I received an email in the morning and the first thing I read was "Hello fellow Designers and Congratulations!" Needless to say I was elated. We all worked hard on our portfolios and it was a great feeling knowing the hard work had paid off.
“I was very proud of myself and of everyone who submitted work to the competition from Salford. Knowing that three of us had been shortlisted for an amazing opportunity at such a well-known brand was incredible.”
The competition is now in its second year, and the University of Salford’s fashion design programme also enjoyed success in 2016 when students Karin Human and Emma Lewin made it into the final eight. Karin now enjoys a position as head designer at Falke Euro Socks based in Cape Town South Africa.
University of Salford fashion design programme leader Bashir Aswat said: “Levi’s is an international household name and this competition seeks to find the best young designers from around the world, so for our students to have been shortlisted into the final 20 for the second year running really demonstrates the kind of talent we’re nurturing on our fashion design course.
“Our guiding principle is to ensure our students develop contemporary professional design skills ready for industry and off-course we are extremely proud to have three candidates from our 2nd year of study in the Levis shortlist, especially given the fact that our students are competing with some of the most prestigious institutes around the world.”