RMIT fashion graduate Linden Blick is pursuing her dream career as she takes on a new design role with US retailer Urban Outfitters.
The new role in women's fashion will see Ms Blick designing woven pants, shorts, tops and jackets at the company's headquarters in Pennsylvania, USA.
"I'm extremely excited to take on this new challenge and to meet new people, live in a new city and expand my knowledge and experience in the industry," she said.
Ms Blick graduated from RMIT's Fashion Design and Technology program in 2010 and got her first big break as one of three graduates in Australia offered a design position with renowned American retailer Abercrombie & Fitch.
"After a first round of interviews they asked me to do a design project, a few months later I was flown out to Columbus, Ohio, to undertake a second round of interviews," she said.
"The whole trip was a whirlwind as I was only in the States for a few days.
"The day after I got back to Melbourne I received a call from Abercrombie & Fitch with the exciting news I'd been successful, and I relocated to the US a few months later."
Ms Blick spent more than two years at Abercrombie & Fitch, working at the company's sister brand Hollister and designing female outerwear for the younger West Coast, California surf style, before moving to Urban Outfitters earlier this year.
Tina Guglielmino, Deputy Head, Vocational Education in the Fashion and Textiles said Abercrombie & Fitch came to RMIT and the University of Technology Sydney each year to recruit potential designers to work for the company in America.
"We have a strong and continuing relationship with Abercrombie & Fitch built on RMIT's excellence for producing highly skilled and technically advanced design graduates," Ms Guglielmino said.
"To be one of only two institutes in Australia that Abercrombie & Fitch recruits from is a credit to the program and our students' passion for the industry and design."
Ms Blick said she was grateful for all the skills she learned at RMIT from her teachers, who she described as "incredible and talented mentors".
"Studying fashion at RMIT really helped opened my mind to creative possibilities," she said.
"It made me step outside the square to create something amazing.
"RMIT also taught me the importance of designing for a market and the customer, which is incredibly important when you are working in the industry."
While back in Australia for a quick holiday, Ms Blick returned to RMIT to talk to fashion students about her experiences working and designing in the US.
She also sat down with journalist Stephen Crafti and spoke about her experience for RMIT's Talking Design podcast.
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