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 8 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Klaudia Pochylska. Klaudia is 17 and studies at City & Islington Sixth Form 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?
“Learning all these new things, and how quickly these things come together. It’s really intense, so I suppose that’s what stands out for me. Seeing that you can actually get to an end point.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“So I was inspired by a vase, my sleeves are like flared out and I really like the shape. You have like different things you have to cover shape, colour, detail and I really liked the shape of the vase so I wanted to utilise it. I have also always been really interested in menswear so I designed to make a men’s coat, and I saw this really nice kimono so I tried to get the kimono aspect into it. For the colours I saw this Asian rug it was golden and blue and I really liked the combination of the two and that helped my inspiration for the colours. Everything comes from somewhere different.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“How stressful this industry is, how you have to have a really strong mind and push yourself through it and believe in yourself. I have also learned to listen to others as they have more experience to you and to also take in as much as you can.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“I would say I have most enjoyed meeting so many other young people that are interested in similar things to you, you learnt so much from others and it’s just so nice. In college it’s like someone wants to do this and this and here everyone wants to do fashion.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
‘I’m still at college and I’m part of insights at UAL. So I’ve done like summer school with them so I’m going to do another think with them in September. It’s to build your portfolio. Then I will probably want to do a foundation course there or at Central Saint Martins. The eventually I want to go to university definitely but not sure if I want to do fashion design but definitely something in the fashion industry.
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.