Philip grew up in Hackney and since leaving school he has become a hard working and determined young man. With his sights set firmly on a career in the fashion industry, his passion for helping others shines through in his role as an FAD Volunteer and Trustee. We catch up with him a whopping six years on from taking part in FAD Fashion Futures 2010.
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.”
As the 2016 FAD Competition came to a close last week, a past winner was preparing to unveil a massive illustration project she has been secretly working on for Oasis.
This week pictures emerged on social media of Milly Jackson‘s amazing #DestinationOasis illustrations, emblazoned across the front of Oasis stores up and down the country over the weekend. Great to see so many passers by taking up the colouring in challenge and bringing Milly’s beautiful designs to life.
In the year prior to joining the FAD Leadership Academy, Habon had dropped out of university after the first term and was unemployed. Here she writes about her experience, and how working with FAD has helped her to find direction.
“I came straight out of college which put a huge amount of stress on me, and then went back into another stressful situation, university. I felt like I was rushing into things without really thinking about what I wanted to do with my life. At the time my teacher at college tried to pressure me into going into Illustration, but I chose to do a Graphic Design degree as I felt it was broader and would give me a better chance of getting a job.
However after completing a foundation in Art and Design and one term at university, I realised that I wasn’t happy so decided to drop out. That’s the sort of spontaneous person I am. It was scary but I do not regret a thing as I have learnt so much about myself, and life in general, over the past two years.