London has been known for it’s rebellious and distinctive fashion, presenting the likes of Alexander McQueen, Mary Quant and Stella McCartney. Fashion Awareness Direct is championing the search for new and upcoming talent from diverse backgrounds. The charity organisation, F.A.D, is now in it’s 13th year of showcasing upcoming designers creations during the London Fashion week.
Hosted by Fashion Scout London, F.A.D Charity supports young designers from diverse backgrounds. Many have gone onto careers ranging from pattern cutters at Tom Ford, garment technologists, fashion buyers and developers. Some graduates return to fashion futures to inspire new talent and pass on their skills, knowledge and experience.
This year saw 20 spectacular looks by young fashion designers shortlisted from over a hundred teenagers involved in workshops, provided by the charity making them the youngest designers to showcase their work at London Fashion Week.
Presented by TV and Radio personality Annaliese Dayes, this year’s show was one to contend with. The incredibly young talents displayed an array of textile prints, modern fabrics and innovative designs demonstrating the skills they’ve mastered at the F.A.D workshop sessions.
F.A.D aims to improve diversity and fair access into the fashion industry for young teens, what better way to document this stance than to have Australian born model Madeline Stuart walking down the runway. Madeline is breaking down barriers and changing the face of the modelling industry, she is one of the first ever runway model with Down Syndrome who has been spreading the message of inclusion around the globe. Madeline first walked the New York runway at the age of 18 and has taken on London Fashion week by storm.
Emmanuella’s winning design inspired by an Indian block print fabric discovered at the V&A museum
Lily’s dragon inspired design modelled by Eunice Olumide
Supermodel Eunice Olumide closed the show wearing a structural piece inspired by dragon motifs and emblems in the V&A museum. The sculptural creation mimicked dragon-like claws extending from the back of the dress. This piece was created by my A* Fashion and Textiles student Lily. A very proud moment to watch. Eunice Olumide showcased another cutting edge moment displaying diversity and cultural backgrounds in British fashion.
Joint winners Monica Hoilett and Emmanuella Yiadom-Boakye were presented with the Fashion Futures 2018 awards. A momentous and emotional moment for both young designers.
What was your favourite collection from London Fashion Week? Are you as excited about S/S19 as I am?