The #RoadToFashionWeek begins! With our FAD Fashion Futures 2017 Summer School officially complete we have 20 garments all ready to be shown at London Fa
shion Week. With this amazing milestone for our finalists complete it’s time we gave you an insight into our final 20 young creatives and their garments to give you a taster of what to expect at London Fashion Week. Although the Summer School was super busy we quickly caught up with each of the finalists throughout the week.
For Day 3 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Elaine Man. Elaine is 17 and studies at Townley Grammar School. She told us a little bit about her Fashion Futures journey and the garment she created.
Q: Tell me your stand out moment from Fashion Futures journey?
“Getting into the top 20 because I didn’t think I would get there, I was proud I made the toile and made my own pattern all things I’d never done that before. So I was so happy with that, I got the email and I was like, what??!!”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“I was looking at one of the Venetian masks in the V&A and I really liked how it had some raised bits with lots of different textures. So I went on to look at more textures at V&A – I saw sculptures that had all different textures. So I incorporated the marble texture on my fabric and the mask idea as well. When looking at modern tastemakers I looked at a tastemaker that wears a more minimal and clean style so I tried to use this as well.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“That I can actually sew, I didn’t think I would be able to do quite a lot of things, like I never knew I would be able to do pattern cutting and I did it.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“I would say I have most enjoyed being part of happy environment and being with people who really love what they are doing and know what they are doing. Learning so much from everyone and they know so much and there’s so much to learn. Definitely meeting all the people. I don’t really know people within fashion so it’s really great to here all about how they got into fashion.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“I want to do foundation in art and design before university. I know I definitely want to do fashion, I just don’t know what sector to go into.”
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