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 14 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Sumaita Zaman. Sumaita is 20 and studies at BSix Brooke House 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?
“Presentation day, because that was the day that I finished my garment and I was so excited to put it on someone and present it. I couldn’t believe that I had been chosen to be one of the 20 finalists and that that was the most stand out moment for me. It was scary because I was nervous but when I received the email I was just amazed.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“So, the main inspiration was the V&A and I came across a lot of embellishment in the garments and that’s how I came to my pattern. I chose to do a jumpsuit and I just visualised it in the summer season and I thought that I would make something that was light and elegant but also casual as well. I tried to put everything in my personality into the garment.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“First of all, I’ve realised that fashion is not easy, so now I know how hard it is to make a garment when I see something on the market. It’s changed my way of thinking completely. You think “that garment is so expensive” but you don’t realise how much effort has been put into making it. I’ve learnt so much throughout this, all the assistants that have come to help, I’ve learnt things from each of them.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“The part I have most enjoyed is seeing everyone making their own garment, it is so inspiring to me. It’s not only concentrating on my own idea – if I look around everyone is making things which are amazing. I hope to get to their level and it just inspires me to do better. It’s been hard to balance everything but I really do care about Fashion Futures and once I start something I want to finish it. It’s just an amazing experience – I am living for it.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“At the moment, I am studying in full time education but I am thinking of doing a part time job, and if possible in the fashion industry. For example, my speciality is embellishment of the garment, so I would like to go and do something like that.”
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.