THREE young fashion students from Liverpool have recently returned from Los Angeles, where they were given the exclusive opportunity to experience a six-week internship working at the heart of one of the iconic city’s leading design studios. Emily Hughes, Sean Wainwright and Jessica Sutton, Liverpool-born students at Rare School of Fashion on Wood Street, headed to America to work at the headquarters of Fabletics. The fashion brand, co-founded by actress Kate Hudson, has a Whiston-born Vice President – Shaun Kearney – and is a wardrobe staple of superstar Taylor Swift. Over the course of their internship the three rworked across several departments of the studio, including design, styling, photography and marketing. One of the young students, Sean Wainwright, was even given the honour of working on designs for a number of collections including Spring Summer 17. Sean said: “L.A was an absolute dream. To be able to work and design in-house is something beyond my wildest dreams. I can truly say it was one of the best experiences of my life, and an opportunity I’ll forever be thankful for. “Designing is something I’ve always wanted to pursue, and I’ve finally found a springboard into the industry where I want to be. Rare School of Fashion has given me the confidence to go after my dreams, whilst always being myself – something that is just so important to me. “I’d say to any local young people my age who want to get into fashion, just go for it. Try everything, keep on learning and never be afraid to say yes. With Clothes Show Live coming to the city this year there’s so many opportunities on the horizon for aspiring fashion designers in Liverpool.” Fabletics took care of all the young people’s expenses, including flights. Shaun Kearney, the Merseyside-born Vice President of Fabletics and Patron of Rare School of Fashion, arranged their visit and even came to meet them at the airport. Lindsay Inglesby, Director of Rare School of Fashion, said: “To say I’m proud of my students is an understatement. They went to L.A with the intention of learning more about fashion, but left with so much more. Their confidence has grown and their thirst for success is unstoppable. “It’s important to us that we provide our students with lots of opportunities. We try and make sure Rare School of Fashion is less like a traditional school, and more like a studio. Doing this helps prepare them for the industry, and allows them to get a taste for what is expected once they graduate.” Rare School of Fashion and their sister school, Rare Studio, are always eager to talk to organisations about the work they do and how businesses can get involved. To find out more about Rare Studio, visit http://www.rarestudioliverpool.co.uk/, and follow Rare School of Fashion on Twitter at @Rarefashionsch and on Facebook here or attend their open evening on Wednesday 25th January at 6pm at their studio on Duke Street.