‘FAD has confirmed everything I thought about fashion. I know it’s a lot of hard work but it’s worth it in the end,’ says Ruth Perry, who will be sharing her space-age inspired garment on the FAD catwalk during London Fashion Week this September. ‘The whole creative aspect of fashion is what’s really interesting to me, and FAD has made me realise it’s what I want to do.’
Describing the piece she’s working on as ‘asymmetric and dramatic’ it came to life after Ruth looked at the different shapes and structures at the V&A, as well as other architectural fashion.
As well as showing her piece on the catwalk this September she will also be starting a degree in Fashion at Ravensbourne University, something she credits in part to FAD. ‘The most helpful thing has been working with people who work in different sectors of the industry, seeing what they did and how they got to where they are now,’ she explains. ‘Also, generally getting a knowledge of pattern-cutting really helped because the stuff I did here with FAD I put straight into my portfolio when I was applying for university.
‘Literally everyone at FAD I’ve spoken to, whether it’s fellow people or volunteers, has been so nice, helpful and genuine,’ she continues. It really does make a difference. There’s no one that made me feel uncomfortable or that I couldn’t ask a question.’
And, while she’s ready to hit the ground running in making her mark on the fashion industry she also has intentions to instigate some change. ‘There are a lot of people who told me that people in fashion aren’t nice and the impression I was given wasn’t a good one. That’s a stereotype I would love to change.’