Graduate Fashion Week: 5 Minutes with Benjamin Callery

Careers + Advice, FAD Competition, FAD Projects, FAD Stories
FAD caught up with 2014 Competition finalist and runner-up Benjamin Callery at Graduate Fashion Week. We talk to the Bath Spa University star about his military punk inspired collection.

How has taking part in the FAD Competition helped you with producing your graduate collection?

Since taking part in the FAD Competition I have definitely become a more confident person, and this has really shown through my work. On a more technical level, I feel I have improved my sewing and pattern cutting skills and I’ve become better at sourcing fabrics.

What is the concept behind your collection?

My graduate collection is about taking punk fabrics and combining that with a military edge.

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Photo by Rianna Tamara, PAUSE Magazine

Have you named your collection? If so tell us what you’ve called it.

The collection is called “Marching to the Red Line”. This is because the collection has a real focus of soldiers on the front line.

What advice would you give to young people looking to study fashion?

Take time to learn, develop and then discover your aesthetic as a designer.

What’s next?

I would really love to work in a casual/outerwear department of a high street brand, like G-star or Topman.

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Photo by Rianna Tamara, PAUSE Magazine

Feeling inspired by Benjamin’s story? Download the 2015 FAD Competition launch pack on our website. 
Catch up on all the highlights of FAD at GFW here. 
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