2013, FAD Stories

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The FAD Junior Awards took place this week and the crowd of guests flooded through the doors of Freemasons’ Hall, located in the heart of London, to get the hottest seats in town.

The atmosphere was bubbling by the time the lights began to dim and FAD’s Joanne Matthews took the stage to introduce this year’s finalists.

Students created their garments around the theme of the Here & Now – objects, people and themes that symbolise the London spirit and the environment that surrounds them.  The Awards showcase an array of garments each designed and lovingly hand crafted by 20 young talents from in and around London. All aged between 16-19, these teens had triumphed to become FAD Junior Award finalists and gained the opportunity to showcase their work at Fashion Scout during London Fashion Week.

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Bold, colourful designs took to the catwalk and the audience were truly amazed by the outstanding achievements of these new young designers.

Students were given just five days to construct their garments and the results were truly inspiring. The FAD Junior Awards catwalk show is the conclusion of ‘Fashion Futures’, a series of workshops involving over 100 students all aged 16 – 19. Between January and March students from around London participated in a series of hands on workshops gaining valuable insight into the fashion industry as well as learning fundamental skills in research, design and craft, culminating in them designing their own garments from scratch.

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As the catwalk came to a triumphant close, 2008 Junior Awards winner Aysha Simpson and FAD trustee Clare Moldoon, took to the stage to announce the FAD Junior Award winners 2013.

Nell Downes won the Research and Interpretation Award, Nhung Le Thi Hong, 17 picked up the Award for Illustration, Naomi Brady,17, won Design Innovation and Yosana De Ceita Rodrigues Leal, 17, took the Pattern Cutting Award.

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All the students did a terrific job, but our stand out winner, who wins a brilliant work experience placement with our sponsor George at Asda, was Beau Scarlett-Pitt.  Her breath-taking garment was inspired by the rusty railway tracks linking London boroughs, Boris Johnson and the iconic London pigeon. Her award was presented by Louise Ibak from George who said  ‘Overall there has been a lot of new talent this year and taking into account the age range of students taking part, some of the final garments have been mind blowing.’

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Big congratulations to Beau and we wish all the finalists the best of luck in all their future endeavours.  It’s been a true delight working with such bright, engaging, fresh designers and once again FAD Junior Awards brings new, British talent into the spotlight.


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