Fashion Futures 2020 kicked off with an inspiring day of presentations and primary research at the V&A.
Young people from 19 London schools and colleges met at the museum’s Sackler Centre for Design Education, where they were welcomed by the FAD team.
Vanessa Spence, Design Director of Fashion Futures sponsors Asos, explained the company’s process, from research and inspirational travel to design, manufacture and getting product live on site – as well as engaging with the customer and tackling sustainability.
Fashion Futures alumni Danielle (2009), Yosana (2013) and Delores (2008) shared their experiences of taking part in the Fashion Futures programme, and described how FAD has supported them in their fashion careers.
Next, students were introduced to the 2020 Fashion Futures brief, Design for Good, which challenges them to consider how we can tackle fashion’s sustainability crisis through considered, meaningful design which produces garments that are made to last. Taking as inspiration Japanese and Korean concepts including mottainai , wabi-sabi, jokagbo and kintsugi, students headed to the galleries with their sketchbooks to gather primary research in the galleries.
We were impressed with their commitment and creativity, and we look forward to sharing their progress over the coming weeks.