From 5th to 8th June, universities from across the country took over the Old Truman Brewery in east London to show off the best of their graduate’s work. From the small selection of students chosen to showcase their work at Graduate Fashion Week, nine were FAD Competition 2016 finalists and one student, Shanel Brown, took part in our Fashion Futures programme in 2011.
Not only did so many FAD alumni showcase at Graduate Fashion Week, but two of our participants also won awards for their work!
Chloe Jackson from Nottingham Trent University was presented with the N Brown textiles award for her final collection, built from her FAD capsule and inspired by her time working at an American summer camp.
“Doing two looks for the FAD Competition really helped with my final collection because then I could take my ideas forward. There’s a lot that goes into the pieces, so it allowed me the extra time to then put that same amount of effort into the other four as well. I would 100% do FAD again, it’s helped me so much! It’s definitely a great platform to push yourself and attempt a brief, because I would never, ever have chosen to do this type of work if I hadn’t taken part in FAD.”
FAD finalist Alice Potts from Norwich University was also commended, receiving the David Band textiles award and being shortlisted for a prize in Innovation. Julian Fuller, head of menswear design at Debenhams, also highly praised Alice’s final collection, which evolved from her FAD work, featuring interlocking neoprene and minimal stitching.
Bianca von Stempel, an FAD finalist who is visually impaired, was put forward for the Sophie Hallette Lace Award for her feminine collection inspired by the way she sees the world. Bianca’s work was made from sheer and mottled fabrics such as organza and lace in muted colours to create a blurred effect.
FAD Competition finalist Alice Bayliss was selected to showcase her work in the Bath Spa catwalk. We spoke to her about how her experience at FAD had helped with her final collection.
“For my FAD garments I started off by developing the print, which I’d never really done before. Then in my final collection I decided to print almost everything! For the FAD competition I also used a lot of quilting and techniques like that which I took through to my final collection. FAD introduced me to loads of new techniques, as well as skills like time management. I learnt how to put a collection together, accessorise it and have everything looking cohesive. It really helped!”
Beatrice Jackson from Arts University Bournemouth also spoke highly of her time in the FAD Competition.
“It was really helpful to go into such a big industry event before I graduated, it gave me the experience and the confidence to go forward with my work as a designer, and really push it more. Seeing part of it come out like that made me really excited for GFW, because I wanted to really push myself further with it.”
The award for the best stand at Graduate Fashion Week went to Sheffield Hallam, for their display inspired by the work of student and FAD Competition finalist Marika Fujita.
We would like to say a huge congratulations to all of the FAD participants who have showcased their work during Graduate Fashion Week this year! We love following FAD stories and seeing students’ work evolve from strength to strength.
Bianca von Stempel