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 12 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Shayla Mustafa. Shayla is 17 and studies at City & Islington Sixth Form 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?
“Everything stands out to me, everything is so new to me. I have never made a garment before so this is my first. Everything has been different, nothing’s been easy and it’s all been a challenge but I’ve enjoyed it. It’s kept everything interesting, I’ve never done pattern cutting before, I had used a sewing machine before but not the industrial ones. Everything was really new so it was amazing. I think sometimes it trial and error, you’re doing it you’re developing it. It’s interesting because the way you’d draw it is not the way it is on the garment in real life.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
‘I was looking at animals and there was a lot of floral patterns, but I thought floral was a bit mainstream so I wanted to go far away from that. So, I looked at animals and simple structures on animals’ faces and bodies. There is a floral element of my dress on the other side where it is frayed.
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“ Fashion Futures had made me realise a lot of things, not just related to fashion but more like getting things organised. Mostly how I see things, in a design perspective because I have ideas in my head, but also, I didn’t really understand the concept to begin with and everything was a bit weird. I was so blank when it came to designing that the way you draw and stuff is not the way you necessary have to make it into a garment, you can do anything. Your own interpretation can be anything. I tried to go from simple drawings because I`m not good with details, I’m more the silhouette and structure type of person.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“The support and the people, that is what makes FAD. All the people from different industries have been really helpful because they talk to you about your designs but also what you want to do in the future. Which has helped me to consider other pathways I wouldn’t have known about without this opportunity.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“I am applying to universities and I want to take part in more activities related to fashion. I want to do BA Fashion Design. I’ve looked at some universities outside of London, it would be quite good to go to. I look for diversity, because I’m from an ethnic background I want to be comfortable where I am.”
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.