After coming across a modern pagoda at the V&A museum, Ellie Houghton is now in the process of putting finishing touches on a dress with four tiers.
‘FAD has given me the confidence to do more, and I don’t think I would have made a dress like this ever before,’ she explains. ‘It’s inspired me to look beyond the norm.’
Having already had some experience in fashion through a textiles class at school, and with hopes to enter the fashion industry in future, she feels her time with FAD had given her both professional and personal experience. ‘I’ve done textiles in school and enjoy making dresses but here, I’ve learnt to deal with the industrial machines,’ she continues. ‘I think I’m also more confident, and can speak to people that I wouldn’t have before.’