Having specialised in Fashion Knitwear design at university, Amy Carter is a designer with a keen eye for the process that exists between turning a raw material into a final garment. ‘You can design every aspect of the garment, from choosing the yarn, stitch, colour and shape,’ Amy explains. ‘This is what really interests me about fashion, creation and regeneration’.
Keeping the Art / Design / Colour brief firmly in mind, Amy won the competition with a sport-infused collection made up of vibrant colours and distinct patterns, and was inspired by the sound of knitting machines. ‘Taking part in the FAD competition gave me the confidence to explore and develop specialist skills, be more experimental when designing and, with spending more time on primary research and development, I was able to create original designs,’ Amy explains.
Since winning the competition, Amy has graduated and now works on the specials project for knitwear brand John Smedley, collaborating with other up and coming designers such as Holly Fulton to create knitted pieces which are then shown at fashion weeks around the world.
‘The FAD catwalk last year was an amazing networking opportunity,’ Amy continues. ‘The atmosphere created backstage by the FAD team was great and it allowed the finalists to meet with people from the industry. I was able to speak about my work and future goals in a more relaxed setting, which gave me the confidence to do the same within a professional environment.’