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 9 of our ‘Road to Fashion Week’ we caught up with Maija Carr. Maija is 17 and studies at Langley Park School for Girls. 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 being around the amazing teachers and volunteers, their skills are so amazing and they just help so much. They’re from like Natwest, Tom Ford and everyone’s is so creative I can’t wait to see everyone’s designs at the end, it’s just going to be amazing.”
Q: Tell me your main inspirations and thoughts behind your garment
“I liked the ornamental part of the V&A and the boxes, they had beautiful patterns on them and I found this chair which had lions on it. There was this room and it was all full of mirrors and it would reflect all of the designs and it was really cool. The paintings inspired me there was quite a lot of different art work on wood, metal and gold. And it all inspired me.”
Q: What has Fashion Futures made you realise?
“That pattern cutting is so difficult, and when you walk past clothes in the high-street you don’t ever think anything of it but it is actually so much harder to make than you actually think so much effort and time has been put into it. Trying to create a garment in a week is a challenge.”
Q: What have you enjoyed overall about being part of the FAD team?
“Everyone is so lovely, the kindest people you will ever meet and if you need any help they will be straight there for you. It’s so worth it, 11 Saturdays and a whole week seems like quite a lot but you’re surrounded by creativity all the time.”
Q: What is your next step after Fashion Futures?
“I think I want to apply for a foundation course, in art and design. I want to get into Central Saint Martins but I don’t know if that is going to happen because that is like a really top university. This has set me up to be able to go and do that, before this I didn’t know how to get into fashion industry even doing this and how it is offered to all students all over London is amazing. To be given the chance to show at London Fashion Week that is actually amazing.”
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.