V&A Upstart Festival Partners With Fashion Minority Alliance


It was a delight to work in partnership with the V&A Museum on a day of bespoke activity at their Upstart Creative Careers Festival. Spanning two days the theme for the festival this year was Sustainable Fashion which saw the first day specifically tailored to Year10+ school groups that consisted of tailored pursuits for the invited schools from across London.


Fashion Minority Alliance undertook the task of supplying the schools and colleges, 193 students, to attend and participate in the Festival’s opening day programmes which saw each school engage in creative workshops, career talks, learning activities, together with a guided tour of the V&A Africa Fashion exhibition with Christine Checinska, the renowned curator of the acclaimed exhibition.


The V&A is recognised as one of the world’s leading museums for exhibitions and programming that centres fashion, design and the creative arts. Their Upstart Festival delivered a connection between interactive learning, careers advice, community, and vital engagement with the arts for young people from historically marginalised backgrounds that inspired a new generation of artists, designers and creative innovators. Fashion Minority Alliance was pleased to work in conjunction with the V&A Education Department team to ensure the Festival followed both of our commitments and aims to diversity and inclusion of the attendees which, in the long run, will establish a workforce and workplaces that are diverse, inclusive and equitable.



Our team worked with the following schools, from across London, and cannot thank the teachers and students alike for making it an exceptional day of community, learning, practical advice, and career tips!

1. The City Academy Hackney

2. St Martin in the Field High School for Girls

3. Lilian Baylis Technology School

4. Clapton Girls’ Academy

5. Our Lady’s Catholic High School

6. Fulham Cross Girls’ School, Hammersmith & Fulham

7. La Retraite Roman Catholic Girls’ School, Lambeth