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GFF / TikTok Residency at Fashion – Enter


It has been a hectic yet exciting first week for selected students on the Graduate Fashion Foundation (GFF) and TikTok residency. 70 students in total will be taking part in the initiative that aims to educate, mentor and showcase the design talent of tomorrow.

Based at Fashion-Enter’s Tailoring Academy on Crusader Estate, Haringey, London, the students selected from GFF member universities across the UK, have been learning all about design for manufacturing, grading, commercial patterns, production lines and quality control from Fashion-Enter’s Production Director Caroline Ash and her team. The students have also been mentored by leading industry designers, GFF patrons and TikTok Creators.

By the end of the 5-day residency each emerging designer will have produced four garments inspired by their chosen winning design which will be produced for TikTok to gift to their Creator and VIP community.

Fashion-Enter Production Director, Caroline Ash comments: We thoroughly enjoyed last week with the graduates and are mid-way with the second group now. We worked with them on their designs, helping them to speed up the process, teaching them new techniques and working with them on tricky aspects of their designs. Everyone was really pleased and proud of the end results.”

The collaboration highlights the benefits of on-site production learning alongside the creative design process, the team were able to provide hands-on tuition in processes such as Optitex, patterns and stitching.

Lucy Moore, a fashion design graduate from Leeds Arts University, created a ribbon drawstring joggers she told the GFF: “It’s been a really good week, I think we’ve all learnt so many things, from how to use different machines to simple tips and tricks that the seamstresses have learnt on the job for many years that you don’t pick up at uni,” she said. “I want my own business eventually so this has given me an indication about how much work goes into each garment.”

Cassandra Russell, from brand partnerships in Fashion & Retail at TikTok added. “I’m blown away by how well they have been executed, having seen the mood boards and the reality it’s unbelievable, they should be so proud of themselves,” she said. “We’re sending these out to a combination of influencers and our most VIP clients, so it’ll be the head of marketing for Burberry getting one of these items, and lots of other fashion houses as well.” More from the GFF / TikTok Residency soon.

The GFF / TikTok Residency at Fashion-Enter 6th – 17th July 2020

More from the GFF / TikTok Residency soon.

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