In June, our 21 Fashion Futures finalists took part in an intensive Summer School at the University of East London. With only 5 days to produce their final garments for London Fashion Week, the pressure was on.
The week had its highs and lows, with days filled with excitement, stress and a good few learning curves! The challenge was tough, but with plenty of help on hand from FAD volunteers and each other, the finalists perfected their pattern-cutting skills and learnt to sew on industrial machines. They painted, beaded, quilted, laced, fringed and embroidered until their garments were complete, ready to be showcased at Fashion Scout on Monday 19th September.
We caught up with finalist Bianca Blanari about her Fashion Futures experience so far.
Why did you apply for Fashion Futures?
“I applied for Fashion Futures because my dream is to become a fashion designer and I really like to take part in any opportunities I can find. When I saw the email from my teacher about applying I was really over the moon because you can meet so many people and it can open so many doors. I think everyone should apply because it’s amazing!”
How has your week been at our Summer School at UEL?
“The Summer School is very helpful because you learn so many things from so many professional people and it’s very important in the fashion industry to make contacts. I really loved every single task.”
What has Fashion Futures taught you so far?
“I’ve learnt how to be very precise and realistic with myself when I’m talking about my future and where I will apply. It seems very easy to become a fashion designer but you need to start from the bottom and work your way up. I’m so lucky because I’ve learnt so many things from Philip and Joanna; they’ve made me a stronger designer.”
What’s next for you? Where do you see yourself in five years?
“I think in 5 years time I see myself a stronger person and working in fashion. I want to go to Central Saint Martins, I know it’s competitive but I’ll do my best.”
What challenges do you think young people face when trying to get jobs in the fashion industry?
“I think many people aren’t very realistic; they create targets for themselves that they cannot reach or that are very difficult. I think people my age need to think very carefully about what they want to do and what the best steps are for them. Young people think they’re going to create their own collections, but they aren’t very realistic about the industry. You need to learn the process first of how a collection is made, I’m still learning so much.
I think my target is to listen to people and be patient. I think you need to wait for the right time. I work a lot and being at FAD has allowed me to build contacts. In the fashion industry the main thing is making contacts and being in the right place at the right time, you need to be lucky.”
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