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 5 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Gloria Massamba-Lutama. Gloria is 20 and studies at Fashion Capital Academy. 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?
“I’ve loved meeting all the industry specialists and the volunteers that have come to help us during Fashion Futures, having their input has been a massive help to make our designs come alive, especially the ones from asos, not that I haven’t enjoyed everyone’s help. They were really encouraging with enhancing your design but not too much so it’s not unrealistic. It’s been interesting learning what they do at work and how it affected the advice they gave, that was been my stand out moment for me.
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“I was looking at Marie Antoinette as a taste maker of Europe. That’s where I got the silhouette of the shape and the bell sleeves from. The at the V&A I took the fact that everything was big and bold, with the emphasis on silhouette.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“When your designing that not everything turns out like you planned it to, and that’s okay.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“Meeting the people and just enjoying being part of it, because I’ve been involved with FAD a bit longer than Fashion Futures. But I’ve really enjoyed working with everyone and meeting new people that has been overall the one thing I have enjoyed a lot.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“I need to finish my garment tech apprenticeship, then I would like to see where the day at Fashion Scout takes me, if I meet any or find out about any companies I might want to work at. If that doesn’t go that way I would like to go to university. Fashion Futures has been great because I get to do the other side of what I already do and it’s made me realise I prefer design. It helps me put some more context to what I do already.”
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.