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 4 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Georgia Staden Laing. Georgia is 17 and studies at Prendergast Hillyfields 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?
“Probably the draping on the stand, I really enjoyed it and I’ve never done anything like that before. It was nice to see how the fabric feel and it was interesting because at GCSE I did design and technology and this is more the fashion side. It’s opened my eyes a lot more and pushed me to push past the boundaries and be more creative with my ideas. I think that is the main thing I take from this whole thing, is to push myself because now my ideas are so much more than what they were before.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“So I was looking at armour and I wanted to take a more feminine twist on it so I thought of using lighter shades in colour. I looked at Sergio de Camargo who is a split relief artist and he created this wooden spilt relief that was all white and he used the white to exaggerate the shadows to focus on the detail so that’s what inspired me for the top of my dress. Using all the rivets really ties my idea into samurai armour and especially with my mood board I looked at the Japanese art work and I kind of wanted to create the free movement of that, so mine’s a combination of movement and contrast between things.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“Its taught me to take opportunities as they come, even if they’re not great opportunities then you will learn something from it. It’s doesn’t matter if they’re not a premium brand. I’ve got to take everything that gets thrown at me. I’ve also learnt to push through my boundaries, within the last 5 days I’ve hit so many with my fabrics and everything. It’s definitely taught me to be more of a thinker as well”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“The people I have met, I have just learnt a lot, not just about fashion but about myself. I feel more mature – the past year has been a big step for me and I think it’s come at the right time. My teacher at sixth form she not always 1 to 1 she’s usually busy with other stuff and when we need help it’s hard to get help. It’s nice here because everyone has their own different ways of doing it and it’s nice to see how differently everyone does it. It also makes you feel like you’re allowed to pick your own way of doing things and not do what everyone else does, it’s not just one set rules.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“Right now, I am doing my A-levels and after that I am going to do a foundation year. I’m not sure what degree I want to do at university yet, whether it will be fashion buying or designing, so I think I’ll do a foundation where I test everything because I like art as well. I think it’s good because it prepares you for university and gives you that one step ahead of people who don’t do foundation.”
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.