As the final at London Fashion Week fast approaches, FAD delves behind the scenes to bring you interviews with our talented Fashion Futures teens. Lambeth hopeful, Daniela Silva Velasquez, 17, talks to FAD’s Communications Manager Fran about why she is learning to love maths.
What made you want to apply to do Fashion Futures?
A girl in the previous year to me at school had done FAD and came second in the final. She said I should definitely give it a go.
How does it feel to be a finalist?
It feels great to be a finalist, when I got the email I was so happy.
How has it been creating your garment for London Fashion Week?
It’s been really stressful. I’m really more about the drawing side of things and I like using the sewing machines. I’m not keen on pattern cutting, and having to use maths, but it’s been really good for me to learn and it will really help in the future. After this my goal for next year is to push myself more and construct more garments.
How has doing Fashion Futures changed you?
FAD have inspired me to go out into London – to visit museums and exhibitions, which I never used to do. Before I just searched for stuff on the internet. Spending a day with FAD at the V&A learning how to research properly has really changed how I see the world around me.
What are your hopes for the next couple of years?
I definitely want to go to uni – it’s my biggest aim in life. I don’t mind starting small in the industry; I just want that opportunity to work my way up.
What do you think of FAD?
I think it’s really good. Without FAD I wouldn’t be where I am now – in terms of skills, knowledge and also meeting people who have the same interests and goals as me.
What are the challenges facing young people like you who want to make it in industry?
It’s not enough anymore to have three As at A-level. If you want a job you need to get experience, get involved and do things like FAD to really stand out from the crowd.
What do you think of Daniela’s design? Tweet us @fadcharity. Look out for more interviews with our young finalists who will be showcasing their designs at London Fashion Week this September.