Following her incredible showcase at Graduate Fashion Week this month, we caught up with FAD Competition runner-up Chloe Jackson, to find out how her work has evolved and how her FAD experience has enriched her career so far.
How did your FAD experience help with producing your final collection?
My FAD work became the base behind my collection. Without doing the ‘sense of place’ brief I would never have had the opportunity to bring such a special memory to life, never mind all the exposure that went along with taking part in the competition. FAD made me think outside the box and produce a collection which challenged my abilities in so many ways.
How did you take your FAD designs forward?
To begin with I found it very difficult as I had been in the mode of designing two outfits at a time and then all of a sudden I needed to produce an extra four. After the initial struggle I sat down and used my FAD designs as a basis for silhouette and did a lot of design development from this. I stuck with the same concept so the print work developed quite easily from my original designs. In terms of colour I decided to turn the accent colour red into a vital colour in my collection. Pink was also a colour that came through in my final as I wanted to show that I wasn’t just a one trip pony and that I was capable of working with multiple colours and print.
How does it feel to have won an award at Graduate Fashion Week?
Winning the award came as a massive shock to me. I never expected to get to GFW let alone win the N. Brown catwalk award. I have put so much time and effort into my collection so it was a really amazing feeling to finally have all that hard work recognised at such a prestigious event. I just want to say a very heartfelt thank-you to everyone involved at GFW and FAD for giving me this amazing opportunity.
What advice would you give to future participants in the FAD Competition?
Be creative and true to yourself. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to create ‘unique and fresh’ work because it never happens like that. Just be free, play around with ideas on the stand and everything will come a lot more naturally. Sampling is always a great idea and placing prints and fabric on the stand really helps to form silhouette. I would also advise to carry on your FAD designs into you final collection – it saves you a lot of time and money!
What’s next for you?
I’m currently freelancing for a company which is really exciting stuff. I’ve also received a lot of opportunities since showcasing at Graduate Fashion week so I fully believe that you should grab every opportunity with open arms and embrace the madness while it lasts! In an ideal world, I would love to own my own fashion label but that takes a lot of time and experience to do so. Until then I hope to build my contacts within the industry and hopefully work my way up in the fashion business.