Hands-on fashion industry experience for 16-19 year olds
January – March 2017
On FAD’s renowned course of Saturday workshops, you’ll be supported by specialist tutors and industry mentors to learn the fundamentals of fashion – from research and design to pattern cutting and garment construction. You’ll produce a sketchbook and portfolio pages, as well as an original paper pattern and toile. Selected participants will be invited to progress to the Fashion Futures summer school and showcase their work on the London Fashion Week runway in September 2017.
Launch day is followed by 10 weeks of industry led, fashion workshops on Saturday mornings. 60 teenagers receive expert tuition from industry volunteers to learn about the complete design process – from initial research and garment design to technical drawing, pattern cutting and constructing a finished toile.
At the end of the 10 week course the young designers present their finished toiles and portfolios to a panel of industry experts, who select the Fashion Futures finalists.
The final stage of the project sees the selected finalists spend an intensive week at the University of East London expanding on the skills they have developed in stage 1 to create their finished designs for the London Fashion Week catwalk.
The Fashion Futures final takes place at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week in September.The event is attended by over 300 guests, including key figures in industry and press.