‘I would love to see more diversity in the fashion industry, especially when it comes to the catwalk,’ says Stephanie Daly, talking about the issues that underpin today’s fashion industry. ‘Women of bigger sizes, different races. It’s just not diverse enough at all.’
For the FAD show, Stephanie is creating a sportwear top inspired by a cape she saw at the 19th century Britain exhibition at the V&A. While the design process for the piece has been running at full speed, it’s also been a real learning curve. ‘I knew the basics about construction before FAD but when you’re actually doing it here, there are things that I might not have done well a few months ago that I can just do now. My confidence has definitely improved, and being in this atmosphere has made me feel like I can do this forever. It’s given me that extra push!’
With plans to explore all manner of pathways the fashion industry has to offer after university, one thing is certain: she wants to change fashion’s diversity problem.
‘I don’t think I’d ever have two models that are the same size,’ she says. ‘It’s just not realistic. Even in retail there needs to be a better range. I think fashion should be more readily available for anyone who wants to leave their comfort zone.’