This months masterclass was hosted by Jane Kellock, FAD Trustee and volunteer. Jane is an industry heavyweight – Creative Director of Unique Style Platform and The Women’s Room blog. She started her career as a womenswear designer, working for UK high street retailers (most notably Topshop). After a spell as Head of Design for a Canadian retailer, her love of forecasting and a desire to innovate and inspire, led her to senior roles at WGSN and Stylus.
Jane has gained an international reputation as a colour and trends expert working with global designers, brands and retailers, to provide them with inspirational seasonal analysis and thought-provoking future trends.
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.
Self promotion is essential, and tricky. Go too hard and you seem like a hyperbolic egotist, too little and you’re at risk of selling yourself short and missing out. This months Masterclass on how to blow your own trumpet helped our INTO Fashion members strike that all important middle ground.
Designer and fashion illustrator Miss Magpie Spy aka Niki Groom kindly came down to share her advice on how to present and promote yourself. Niki is the talent behind live illustrations for Clinique, Accessorize, River Island, BBC Radio 1 and Links of London.
The industry volunteers who work on the Fashion Futures project are a crucial element of it’s ongoing success. As well as giving up their time, sharing their skills and supporting the young people they inspire and act as positive role models. We caught up with new volunteer Delores.
Tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Delores Oblitely, my career background is within fashion knitwear design, I design mainly menswear. I studied for a Masters at Nottingham Trent University. You can currently see my collection entitled ‘Home is But a Dream I Sometimes Dare to Recall’ showcased at the Black Cultural Archive.
George at Asda have sponsored Fashion Futures for the last 5 years. Based at George House in Lutterworth, Leicestershire the 600 strong team create quality yet affordable pieces of design. The brand’s support of young designers includes providing hands on learning experiences so the Fashion Futures 2016 cohort got on a train up to the Midlands to see first hand what goes on behind the scenes at George.