Aspiring hat maker Melissa Mehrtens won the chance to work for a designer who supplies headwear to the Duchess of Cambridge having studied on an HE course at Northampton College.
The millinery student was named the overall winner of an international competition organised by the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers of London.
The 17-year-old, who cites Alexander McQueen as her design hero, scooped the £1,200 first prize and was given a work experience placement with Rachel Trevor Morgan, the Mayfair-based milliner to the Duchess of Cambridge.
She said: "The chance to design and make hats was one of the main reasons I came to Northampton College as I really wanted to learn new skills. I absolutely love it and to win the competition was amazing."
The College’s fashion department offers state-of-the-art equipment and facilities, giving students all the tools they need to embrace their creativity and bring their ideas to life.
The facilities include embroidery machines, lock stitch machines, a professional millinery steamer, a flat steam press and fusing press and a wide range of wooden brim and crown blocks.
For more information about the HE courses on offer at Northampton College visit http://www.northamptoncollege.ac.uk/courses.html