What The FTA Technical Residency Can Do For You…

Bridging the gap between fashion education and the fashion workplace, the Fashion Technology Academy (FTA) Technical Residency fills in those essential manufacturing gaps that are not often taught at college or university.

Aimed specifically at fashion students and graduates each Technical Residency is tailored to fit the learning needs of the individual. As a Centre of Excellence for Production the first FTA Technical Residency took place in July 2020 with graduates from universities all over the UK. On this five-day residency the graduates got to grips with patterns and how to make them factory ready, developing their garments with Optitex using 3D avatars, an overview on fabrics and what works, demonstrations of how all the industrial machines work and further information on working with a factory.

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Lucy Moore, a fashion design graduate from Leeds Arts University, said: “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. I want my own business eventually so this has given me an indication about how much work goes into each garment.”

What the FTA Technical Residency can do for you:

  • Help you understand how to get your designs and patterns factory ready
  • Takes place in a live apparel factory so you get to see every stage of the production process first hand.
  • Input, advice and tips and tricks from knowledgeable manufacturing professionals.
  • Use of state-of-the-art equipment and software.
  • A wide range of fabrics available to buy cheaper than anywhere else.

Technical Residency’s can be tailor-made to suit the individual requirements, the team can also offer business and start-up information and advice. The length of the Residency can also be flexible. If you would like to learn from the experts, onsite at a live factory based in north London then please get in touch with Jenni Sutton jenni@fashion-enter.com with your enquiry.