After 9 weeks of Saturday workshops the 2016 Fashion Futures cohort presented their work to judges across two sites in London on Saturday 19th March.
The South London panel included Menswear Designer and Fashion Futures alumni Nadine Peters. Mahji Quadir from project sponsors Natwest. London College of Fashion Course Leader Fiona Howard. Lorraine McNee Design Manager at FAD sponsors George. FAD Communications Manager Fran Lawton. And Natalie Garner, Head of Visual Media at Lesoco.
On the other side of the river the judges were – Phil Northey representing sponsors Natwest. Joanne Matthews, Creative Curriculum Director of FAD. In addition Asos Womenswear Design Director Vanessa Spence. From sponsors George, Designer Khairunisa Suhail. FAD Trustee and Designer Carol Robb. And last but not least May Martin, Teacher and judge on BBC2’s The Great British Sewing Bee.
“I loved being involved in the FAD judging panel, the level of work and dedication was incredible. The students demonstrated a great amount of creativity and the beginnings of a real understanding of the fashion industry, that FAD have nurtured brilliantly.” Vanessa Spence, Asos.
Each Fashion Futures student presented their completed toile, a selection of their best work from the course and their sketchbook to be considered by the panel. The teens discussed their work and ideas with the judges and were assessed on their research and design, pattern cutting and construction, commitment and enthusiasm and suitability for the Summer School.
“It was fascinating to see each students’ unique interpretations of the brief this year, from sketchbook to toile. I am really looking forward to seeing the final evolution of the designs.” May Martin, Great British Sewing Bee.
After some tense deliberation a total of 22 young people were selected to progress onto the Fashion Futures Final.
The standard of work was incredibly high. A huge well done to all the Fashion Futures 2016 participants for completing the course. Finalists will be announced in the second week of April!