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 6 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Jack Edward Kennedy. Jack is 17 and studies at City & Islington 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?
“The presentation was my stand out moment, when we presented to the board to be selected for the final. It was nerve-racking but thrilling at the same time. It was the thought of being able to make the garment in actual fabrics and getting it on the runway. I couldn’t believe it when I found out I got through, I was on the train going to meet someone and I couldn’t ring anyone because as soon as I left the station the wifi went and the email had just loaded up. I was sat like omg omg! It was a very nice moment.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“It started out in the V&A with a bit of armour I saw and I liked the layering effect which is where I developed the surface decoration for my cape from. Then when we got asked to look at a modern tastemaker, I looked at this one called Shini Park and she used a lot of volume, texture and layers in what she dressed herself in I suppose it all evolved from there. It went down the whole route of designing a modern set of armour for women and it was fun.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“It is the first time I have been able to make a garment that is truly my design. I think at college I was always trying to edit something about my design but this time it has been purely mine and that’s made me really proud.’
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“I’ve loved being part of FAD because of how nice everyone is and helpful. Even the people who you are kind of competing against, everyone is so nice and it is such a lovely atmosphere. It’s nice to have that stigma about fashion being pretentious taken down.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
I’m not 100% sure yet, I was thinking of maybe doing some form of foundation degree to broaden my mind set. I think it would benefit me to not just focus on fashion to do some art as well. Because I think that works really well for your creativity.
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.