Jamie, an Assistant Menswear Designer, is part of the team of volunteers from our sponsors ASOS who’ve helped to make 2018’s Fashion Futures workshops such a success.
Having worked at ASOS as an assistant menswear designer for almost a year, Jamie Long has been working with FAD as a volunteer for a number of weeks. While his personal work revolves around menswear, he’s been impressed with the complexity of the work he’s been seeing from the FAD participants in both menswear and womenswear. ‘Some of the designs are really technically complex,’ says Jamie. ‘They obviously want to do the best they can do, to showcase what they can do.’
Having enjoyed his time with FAD so much so far, and seen the scope FAD offers young people, he is looking forward to getting more involved in future. ‘You’re not just here drawing,’ he continues. ‘It’s the whole process. From the basics at point A to ending up with a finished garment. It’s your own design, your own inspiration and you’re learning the whole process of how it’s done on the high street.’
Jamie also notes how helpful FAD has been over email, and how it’s great that at the beginning of every session everybody meets and has a briefing about what they’re going to be working on that day. ‘FAD can really change things for these young people,’ he continues. ‘Even having this many students in a room all helping each other, and seeing volunteers in the industry, it’s really good and can change someone’s life.’
Jamie’s three words to describe #fashionfutures2018: positive, educational, hopeful