The chandelier hanging in the lobby of London’s Claridge’s hotel was the inspiration behind a lingerie design that has bagged Kate Howard, 22, her dream job with major US fashion label Abercrombie & Fitch.
Howard was one of 28 young British fashion designers flown to the Abercrombie & Fitch’s headquarters in Ohio to compete in a design competition to win a job at the company, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
During the competition, Howard presented samples of the chandelier-inspired collection and successfully completed a rigorous selection process to bag the $42,000- (£27,000-) a-year job in the US.
“I saw the chandelier in Claridge’s and fell in love with it,” Howard, from South Wales, told the newspaper. “I used it as an inspiration for my lingerie – the chandelier has all the vintage glamour and layered style that I wanted to replicate.
“People think I’m crazy when I tell them how my sketches of a chandelier turned into a catwalk collection of undies. But designers get their ideas from all sorts of places and the chandelier really sparked my imagination,” she added.