At the final session of the Fashion Futures 2019 Saturday programme, students presented their sketchbooks, toiles and portfolio pages to an industry panel.
The panel included:
Mark Fisher, Senior Designer and Talent Mentor at ASOS
Oliver Royce, Head of Menswear Design at Gymshark
Gagan Luthra, FAD Fashion Futures 2007, and Product Developer at Raey, Matches Fashion
Mahji Quadir, Natwest
Joanne Matthews, Creative Director FAD
The students demonstrated the breadth of inspirations they’d drawn on for their sustainable fashion projects – from the plight of bees to deforestation, ocean plastics and the zero-waste movement. It was also clear how much they had developed in terms of technical skills – from research and commercial awareness to pattern cutting and construction techniques.
The students’ confidence and eloquence was impressive, as they spoke with passion and intelligence. It was inspiring to see such a diversity of ideas and approaches, with a common thread of creativity and commitment. We’re proud of how much they’ve achieved, and how far they’ve come since they started the course back in January.
Thank you so much to all the volunteers who helped the students be at their best for the presentations, and to our wonderful panel.
The panel are faced with the unenviable task of selecting the twenty finalists who will go on to the next stage: the Fashion Futures summer school at the University of East London where they will perfect their patterns and construct their garments in final fabrics, ready for the London Fashion Week final in September 2019.
The finalists will be announced this coming Friday 5th April at 2pm on our Instagram feed.
We’re grateful to our sponsors ASOS and NatWest, whose support has made Fashion Futures 2019 possible.