“The inspirations for my garment began at the V&A Fashioned from Nature Exhibition. I incorporated gathered sleeves as a replica of floating lanterns, and a frill to the skirt which came about from experimenting with calico, which I had unravelled from the form of a flower. Colour-wise, 71% of the Earth’s surface became the primary colour of my garment, ‘ocean blue’, alongside a floral watercolour wash.
I have always dreamed of showcasing my work at London Fashion Week, and with FAD that was all possible. It blows my mind that the opportunity fell into my lap at only 17. This gives me so much hope for the future. It really gave me a push to strive for greater things.
It was the most amazing feeling to see my work on the catwalk, it looked better than I had imagined! My model complimented the dress so perfectly. To see all the people in the audience and feel their complete support about my garment and the work that FAD does for teens like myself, made me all the more appreciative of the opportunity.
FAD Fashion Futures was the basis of my entire fashion knowledge. With this experience I learnt about the basics of fashion, from design and pattern cutting to actually constructing a wearable garment. I’ve also learnt about independence and stepping outside of my comfort zone in order to achieve.”