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 13 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Shuqin Wang. Shuqin is 19 and studies at Leyton Sixth Form. 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?
“It was the first time touching the industrial machines, because my dad works in the fashion industry and I always see my dad sewing on it and I didn’t even know how to use it. So that’s the special moment I’ve had.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“I went to the V&A and I did some drawings, I started to look at some of the ideas from them. I picked a cabinet and I started to research the background behind it. The pockets inspired me the most, the cabinet had loads of drawers so I thought I wanted the garment to have loads of pockets. I used the colour scheme from the cabinet as well.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“Making clothes is actually really hard, it has to be really accurate and I didn’t know that, I had made clothes before and I was cheating a bit. It’s actually like magic making clothes using loads of pieces sewn together.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“It is really exciting that I’ve had this opportunity to be part of, it’s really nice being so focused on just one garment and deeply attached to just that.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“I’ve just finished college, I’m going to do an art foundation at Central Saint Martins. After that I might apply for BA Fashion Design. I studied fine art and fashion textiles at college.”
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.