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 17 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Thomas Burr. Thomas is 18 and studies at Camden School for Girls. 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?
“I don’t do textiles at home or at school so just learning everything. Each day I just learn so much – I haven’t done any of it before. Especially on industrial machines, I’ve got a bit of practice on domestic but everyday I’m learning something new. That’s why I made myself do it.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“It started off with just a loop in the V&A, it had this really cool design engraved on the back and I wanted to incorporate it into my design and then I was just kind of looking at ways I could use it but not all over the garment. So I was looking at ways of concealing it or just having it poking out in areas, so I was looking at lining and then that’s when I came up with the idea of having the inner collar. At first I did the toile for the top but last minute I added the trousers.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“Kind of did it as a taster and it just confirmed that this is what I want to do.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“I would say overall I have enjoyed learning but I have loved how everyone is super helpful, if you’re ever stuck with anything you can just go and ask someone which is so nice. It’s not the same way to do it with everyone you learn how to do it different ways. Some people don’t know how to do certain things so you can help each other.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“I am going to do BA fashion design for 4 years at AMFI which is in Amsterdam. So they do fashion design, fashion management and fashion branding, so in the first year you try out them all then you go on to do your specification. I was just looking to go abroad, and that was the best one by far.”
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.