Saturday Club

Applications now open for September 2021

A FREE programme for young people aged 13-16

The Fashion & Business Saturday club is a 30-week journey for young people to experience the fashion industry and different roles within it. Supported by the British Fashion Council, the club is aimed at providing young people with the opportunity to learn new disciplines and skills, whilst gaining important insights into the Industry and further study opportunities. Our aim is to help students to grow in confidence, learn to take calculated risks and experiment freely under the supervision of our experienced tutors, free from grades or assessment to support creative freedom. You will also have the chance to make new friends by belonging to a group of people with a shared interest.

The creative lab team will take you on a 30-week journey through the world of fashion from concept to shop floor, including initial research and design to fabric selection, pattern cutting and construction.  Students will then focus on the commercial aspects of the industry to learn how to create a marketing plan to launch their product through PR, practical Visual Merchandising and editorial styling techniques. This will culminate in an exhibition of work hosted at Somerset House that will be open to the viewing public.




Hear from some of our past Saturday Club Members! 

"It's been really fantastic and really helped me decide that this is where I feel happy and what I want to move forward with as a career."

"Thank you Silvia and the rest of the FRA for teaching me. I have had the best time and am going to miss it." 

During your 30 week journey you will create your own final garment and learn how to launch it into the market:

  • Inspiration and Research
  • Design Development and Fabric Identification
  • Pattern Development
  • Garment Construction
  • Illustration and Photography
  • Understanding principles of Visual Merchandising       
  • Fashion styling/ Mannequin dressing       
  • Effective marketing strategies                  
  • Inspiration for exhibition theme 
  • Preparation for exhibition                          
  • Exhibition preparation              
  • Launch of exhibition space  


Open to students aged 13-16.

Priority will be given to applicants who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Receive free school meals
  • Neither parent attended university
  • Are/have been in local authority care
  • Young carers
  • Have a specific disability or specific learning difficulty
  • Start date: September 2021
  • Course duration: 30 Weeks
  • Day: Saturday
  • Time: 10am to 2pm approx
  • Location: Fashion Retail Academy

If you would like to be considered for September 2021's Saturday Club, please ensure you fit the entry criteria then contact to be added to the applications list.