The #RoadToFashionWeek begins! With our FAD Fashion Futures 2017 Summer School officially complete we have 20 garments all ready to be shown at London Fashion Week. With this amazing milestone for our finalists complete it’s time we gave you an insight into our final 20 young creatives and their garments to give you a taster of what to expect at London Fashion Week. Although the Summer School was super busy we quickly caught up with each of the finalists throughout the week.
For Day 10 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Ruqiya Ahmed. Ruqiya is 17 and studies at Havering College. She told us a little bit about her Fashion Futures journey and the garment she created.
Q: Tell me your stand out moment from Fashion Futures journey?
“Getting the opportunity to come through to this round, and finding out I got through to this round. I was on holiday and everyone was emailing me congratulations.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“My garment is inspired by a toilet box, I saw it at the V&A and I didn’t know it was a toilet box till I read the description, it was from the 1600s and it was red and gold so my colour theme was based on that.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“Fashion Futures has made me realise all the opportunities there are in fashion, working with all these amazing people with crazy experiences and skills. It has helped to break down the fashion spectrum, and told me everything I can do within fashion.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“Making friends, being a part of the FAD team and making loads of connection with people from the fashion industry.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“In September I will be going to university at Ravensbourne, where I am doing a foundation course then after that I want to do a fashion design course.”
We want to say a massive thank you to our sponsors George and NatWest for making this amazing experience possible for our young creatives.
Thank you also to The Childhood Trust for having championed us in our Summer Give Campaign.