De Montfort University fashion design student Hannah Thomas will be heading to America after graduation to work for one of the world’s top fashion companies.
Thomas, 22, who is studying contour fashion at De Montfort University, has landed a job with US giant Abercrombie & Fitch.
She told local paper This is Leicestershire: "I’m really excited and it still hasn’t sunk in.
"Having a job lined up was a big weight off my mind – and working for a company as prestigious as Abercrombie & Fitch is a dream come true."
Hannah Thomas won the two year contract to design lingerie for Abercrombie & Fitch, after taking part in a project for the company during her university course.
Thomas impressed bosses with her designs, targeting young women, and shone in a series of rigorous interviews, which entailed her flying to the US.
Thomas added: "I was interviewed in the UK and was then flown to the States, where I had three more interviews.
"The whole experience was amazing – and they looked after me so well.
"I’m hopefully going to be there for more than just the first two years. I’m really excited about being in a new city and the money – about £30,000 – is much more than I could hope for starting in London."
Thomas will start her new job in October, 2012. She is the latest in a series of De Montfort University students to be employed by Abercrombie & Fitch over the past six years.
Abercrombie & Fitch recruitment manager Sarah Brennand told the paper: "De Montfort University consistently produces excellent-calibre graduates, with a specialised skill set that makes them very appealing to our business.
"The students graduate with a technical know-how and an understanding of underwear that means they’re extremely employable. We’re delighted that, once again, we’re able to offer a job to a De Montfort graduate and we looking forward to welcoming Hannah to our headquarters in the US in October."
Gillian Proctor, head of the university’s contour fashion degree, added: "We pride ourselves on producing graduates who can demonstrate their creativity and innovation – which is why Abercrombie & Fitch is such a keen supporter of our course.
"Hannah is a lively, personable and articulate young woman who I think will fit in perfectly with the team in Ohio.