V&A Museum Upstart Creative Careers Festival 2023


The V&A Museum’s annual Upstart Creative Careers Festival, a free event for young people interested in exploring careers in fashion, was once again a resounding success this year. The festival, held over two days, was packed with activities designed to inspire and empower young minds and it was clear that the future of fashion is in good hands.



On the opening day of the festival, the Fashion Minority Alliance (FMA) hosted three engaging workshops that provided aspiring creatives with valuable insights into working in the fashion industry. The workshops covered a variety of topics, from sustainable fashion to the business of fashion, and they were all led by experienced industry professionals.


The participants, who came from all over London, were eager to learn and engage with the speakers. The energy and passion in the room were palpable and it was clear that the next generation of fashion talent is full of potential.


In addition to the workshops, the festival also featured a range of other activities, including talks by industry experts, networking opportunities and access to the V&A’s world-class fashion collection.


The FMA is proud to have been a part of the Upstart Creative Careers Festival once again this year. We are committed to supporting young people from diverse backgrounds who are interested in pursuing careers in fashion and we believe that events like the Upstart Festival are essential in making the fashion industry more inclusive and equitable.


A HUGE thank you to everyone who made this event the success it was! We would like to express our gratitude to the following individuals and organizations for their contributions to the Upstart Creative Careers Festival: Alice Casely-Hayford, Ewart Campbell, Rene MacDonald, Diana Kakkar, Sulaikha Ibrahim, Craig McIntyre and NellieBlake.

We look forward to seeing you at the Upstart Creative Careers Festival 2024