FAD Fashion Futures Summer School complete,
the road to London Fashion Week begins!
Our FAD Fashion Futures 2017 summer school is officially over, which means we have 20 garments all ready to be shown at London Fashion Week on Monday the 18th September. The finalists spent their week putting all the skills they learnt in the first stage of Fashion Futures into practice. The week was busy, hot and tough at times but overall full of many achievements. The finalists were put through their paces when they had to learn to pattern cut, master sewing on industrial machines, perfect their own chosen design techniques and construct the overall garment; all in the space of 5 days!
The finalists did not make it simple for themselves we had painting, plaiting, pleating, fraying, fringing, feathering, embroidery and many more techniques. There were ups and down but overall a massive learning curve for all our young creatives. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing teachers and volunteers involved. We had individuals from ASOS, NatWest, George, Tom Ford, recent graduates and freelance designers all on board to help our finalists construct their garments to industry standard.
Maija one of the finalists sums up her overall experience by saying;
The whole FAD experience is so worth it, 11 Saturdays and a whole week out of your time seems like quite a lot but really the time goes so quickly and you’re surrounded by creativity all the time and it’s something I am so grateful for. To have a finished garment and gained so many skills by the end of it is amazing”
Here is a snippet of our week;
Hannah one of our amazing teachers helping Teklu perfect his hooded jacket.
Mark, designer at ASOS helping Tamia make the final adjustments to her toile.
Victoria’s beautiful handmade flowers, inspired by Polish folk art
Maijas final design for her denim jumpsuit
Some of our finalists cutting out their material ready to begin constructing their garments
Anastasia working on her dress which is inspired by armour
Sumaita’s cape in construction, which is worn alongside the jumpsuit she created
All our finalists and volunteers working hard on the industrial sewing machines at University of East London
Beautiful embroidery by Keir on his denim jacket
We want to say a massive thank you to our sponsors George and NatWest for making this amazing experience possible for our young creatives.
Thank you also to The Childhood Trust for having championed us in our Summer Give Campaign.