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As London Fashion Week drew to a close, twenty young designers made a memorable debut at the FAD Fashion Futures Final Monday evening. Through FAD’s unique Fashion Futures programme, these
‘I have religious beliefs and I didn’t want to compromise them,’ begins Faika-Rudaba Chowdbury, an FAD finalist and designer working on a jacket inspired by modestwear. ‘I want to make
Rosie Higgins is currently in the process of putting the final touches on a coat she’ll be debuting on the FAD catwalk during London Fashion Week this September. Passionate about
Constructing a garment based off of a leopard and lion design she saw at the V&A museum, Monica Hoilett says her piece has turned out darker than originally planned, both
Currently designing a garment inspired by a geometric gold jug she saw during a research trip to the V&A museum, Sonia Lutaj came to London last year after studying in
‘I’ve been looking at early punk,’ begins Blythe Brunt, who is currently in the throes of finishing a draped dress and structured corset. ‘There’s this punk duo called The Nova
FAD Fashion Futures is an award-winning, industry-focused fashion programme, which offers London teens a hands-on insight into the fashion industry, supported throughout by experienced fashion professionals. The programme fosters key professional skills including research, design, pattern cutting and garment construction, as well as developing participants’ confidence, motivation and creativity. Fashion Futures has been kick-starting creative careers since 2005, and we’re proud that our alumni include designers, pattern cutters, garment techs, buyers and product developers in companies including Tom Ford, Fila, River Island and Karen Millen – as well as acclaimed designer Grace Wales Bonner. We are especially proud of the many Fashion Futures graduates who return to the workshops to pass on their skills, knowledge and experience to the next generation. You can shop products by talented entrepreneurial Fashion Futures graduates in FAD Store.
From January to March, 70 London teenagers spend their Saturday mornings with FAD’s specialist tutors and industry mentors, learning the fundamentals of fashion. Launching with a day of creative research at the V&A, we cover the whole design process – from inspiration and design, through learning about fabrics and understanding your customer – to technical drawing, pattern cutting and constructing a toile. At the end of the course, the young designers present their portfolios to a panel of industry experts, who select the 20 most promising participants to progress to FAD’s Fashion Futures Summer School.
In an intensive week of learning and creativity, the Fashion Futures Finalists revise, finalise and construct their designs, ready for the London Fashion Week final in September. Hosted by Fashion UEL.