Sarah Dean...Following A Career Path Into Fashion Design


  • Name: Sarah Dean
  • Former School: 
Brayton High School
  • Class of: 2005
  • Studied: BTEC National Diploma in Fashion and Clothing

Doing What? Currently working for a supply company based between Leeds and China as a Senior Menswear Designer, focusing on designing outerwear apparel and sports performance clothing. The company supply most of the high street retailers including Tesco, TU, Superdry, Debenhams, BHS and Diesel. Sarah also gets to travel to Europe and Asia as part of her job role which she loves!

In the future Sarah would like to continue designing and progress within the company she is working for as there is a lot of scope to develop further, such as a Design Manager.

Sarah fell in love with the course on offer in the Fashion department after visiting Selby College at an Open Day, saying: “I took Textiles at GCSE level and realised I really enjoyed it and had a flair for design that I wanted to develop. This course offered me a more vocational route than A Level s and also left the door open to other options at university level as I was not sure which route I wanted to follow into Fashion, whether it be Design, Merchandising, Marketing, Buying etc.” 

“The course at Selby develops each student and the areas you want to focus on. I loved the fact I could create my own design right through to developing an end product. The end-of-year Fashion Show is amazing. It brings all the students and tutors together in a creative place to showcase everyone’s talents. “

Sarah believes that her time at college prepared her for her career: “Without a doubt the two years I spent at Selby College were the best of my education years. I think the fact you leave school and move onto college gives students the chance to grow up and learn. There are excellent teaching staff at college who treat students with a level of maturity which sets you on the right steps to adult life”.

After college Sarah progressed on to the University of Huddersfield where she studied for a BA (Hons) degree in Fashion Design with Marketing, Manufacturing & Promotion. This included a Sandwich Year working in London where she designed Childrenswear for M&S and also a placement at More! magazine writing for the Beauty department.

If she could give advice to someone wanting to get into the industry Sarah says the best thing you can do is listen to those around you, whether that be teachers, peers or ex-students and never be afraid to ask for advice. She also highlights the importance of work experience: “Sandwich courses that offer year placements are fantastic for your development to take into final year but also for your CV. The strongest applicants I have seen always have a placement year. Finally be open to trying things you think you never would, such as travel!”