After being crowned winner & runner-up at the 2015 Fashion Futures final, two of our talented teens Hana and Anakin, were invited to spend a day with the design team at George HQ.
What did you learn from being at George?
H: “We learnt that each item of clothing has to go through many processes before it is manufactured. Although most of George’s clothing has simple patterns, it was interesting to see that materials and print designs were different and that some were doing better than others in the market place.”
A: “We also learnt what it is like to work in the high street retail industry. I enjoyed seeing the type of work they do, and how they go about creating their designs from scratch.”
Sophie, 18, was a finalist in Fashion Futures 2015. She recently won an FAD x River Island competition resulting in a placement with their design team in West London. We catch up to talk about her high street experience.
Tell us how you got the placement with River Island?
“Last year FAD offered me the chance to go and visit the River Island headquarters. It was an amazing opportunity as I am such a massive fan of the brand and I was so excited to learn more about the fashion industry. We were given a tour of the offices, and then a talk from the womenswear design team. Shortly after the trip FAD announced a competition to win work experience at the RI head office. To enter the competition I had to complete some research tasks and designs. I chose to base my work on the theme “Romantic history” inspired by Paris and Burberry SS16 collection.”
On Monday the 2015 Fashion Futures cohort took an industry field trip to the HQ of one of the UK’s top high street retailers, River Island. New FAD team member Joanna Bradford reports.
Women’s Wear Design Controller and long time FAD supporter, Lucy, led the morning at the west London site.
The group were granted access to the design floor, where they were given a guided tour of the various departments, and insight into the day-to-day duties of the design team.
FAD are delighted to be one of two London charities selected by our new sponsors, Natwest, to showcase at City Giving Day tomorrow.
The event organised by the Lord Mayor’s Appeal and supported by media partners City A.M. is a chance for the City of London and its many workers and companies to promote and celebrate the charitable and community work they do.
On the day many charities will have stands in offices and branches across the city, and there will be lots of fundraising activities taking place to support the Lord Mayors Appeal.
Teenagers from across the capital brought London Fashion Week to a euphoric close as 17-year-old Hana Minowa was crowned winner of the 2015 Fashion Futures Final.
Sponsored by George at Asda, the catwalk finale was hosted by Fashion Scout at the Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden on Tuesday evening.
The 19 teenage finalists were the youngest designers to showcase at London Fashion Week. To an upbeat soundtrack of electro and K-pop, they presented garments inspired by the rich cultures of Korea and Japan.