BA (Hons) Fashion student, Sophie Whatling, has been awarded runner up at FAD Competition 2017.

Described by as an “undeniable springboard”, the FAD Competition exists to inspire, support and promote young designers at the earliest stage in their careers.

This year’s competition was in collaboration with Missoni, and entrants were invited to ‘take the Missoni approach’, drawing inspiration from European artists and letting colour take shape.

Sophie was shortlisted as one of 20 finalists out of over 120 entrants and her entry was shown on the FADxMissoni catwalk as part of Fashion Scout on 20th February, 2017.

She was then selected as one of two runner ups, which includes a prize of £500 and SPEOS London Graduate Collection Photoshoot. Presented by Holly Mirza, Director of Fabric PR, Sophie was praised for her ‘adventurous and creative interpretation of the brief which translated into cool, modern streetwear.’

Sophie said: I found the process of entering FAD challenging but also very exciting. The brief was all about art and colour which fits my design aesthetic well. The main inspiration behind my pieces was an exploration into masculinity and mental health, with the artworks of Fernand Leger, Jean Dubuffet and the late works of Willem de Kooning inspiring my print, decoration and construction techniques.  

I am so happy to be named runner up and the competition was a great platform to get my work noticed.”

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