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 16 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Teklu Beraki. Teklu is 18 and studies at Young Lewisham College. He told us a little bit about his Fashion Futures journey and the garment he created.
Q: Tell me your stand out moment from Fashion Futures journey?
“As I don’t speak very good English just getting onto the course is such an amazing experience for me. FAD have helped me a lot with my English skills as well as my sewing skills.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“From the V&A I drew a picture of a turtle particularly the shell of the turtle. When I was in my country I saw a lot of turtles around my town so that is where my inspiration came from”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“I’ve never had the opportunity to work with people who are involved with FAD all the industry professionals, there are so many people that given up their time. FAD had opened my eyes to different types of people involved in fashion”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“Everything, it is the first time for me doing any of this. FAD have taught me words as well as the sewing skills. The fashion terminology I would have never known I now do.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“I am going to university to do a fashion course maybe next year, but I’ve not finished learning English yet so I need to do that first and improve my English then I will be able to do the 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.