Graduate Fashion Week: 5 Minutes with Annie Oakes

Careers + Advice, FAD Competition, FAD Projects, FAD Stories
We caught up with 2014 FAD Competition finalist and Manchester School of Art graduate Annie Oakes prior to her applauded show at Graduate Fashion Week. 

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

Being a part of the FAD competition was a stepping stone for me; to see my collection come to life on the catwalk at London Fashion Week was an amazing experience. The FAD Competition really gives opportunities to fashion students by providing a platform. I feel very privileged to have been a part of the show.

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What is the concept behind your collection?

I have created an experimentally intelligent womenswear collection based around senses, in particular loss of sight. I was really pleased to discover that the brief of the FAD Competition was Multisensory; this tied in really well with the concept of my final collection so I decided to combine them both.

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

To be a fashion student you have to be dedicated and self-motivated.

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What’s next?

I am looking to continuing my studies hopefully with an MA in Womenswear at Central Saint Martins, which I have recently had an interview for. Fingers crossed!

Feeling inspired by Annie’s story? Visit the FAD website to find out how you can take part in the 2015 FAD Competition.
Catch up on all the highlights of FAD at GFW here. 
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