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The search is on for Budding Fashion Designers to take London by STORM


Featuring young hopefuls, all grass roots designers aged 9-25 years who have excelled creatively and have the potential to be the next big star of the international fashion stage. They will be competing for a special Tyler Media/Children Are the Future Youth Award 2006 which will be presented by Christie Dinham of Tyler Media USA who is also one of the organisers of the Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica.

The other awards up for grabs are The Barnardo’s designer of the year and the Avant-Garde Award. A winning designer will be showcased in the Enter boutique in Croydon and receive free membership to www.fashion-enter.com. Kulture2couture will showcase 2 Winning designs on 15 and 16 November plus many more prizes.

FDC Young Designers are launching for the first time this year a new category, T-shirt, into a flamboyant garment competition. This category has been designed to support and encourage those designers who have not yet acquired sewing skills, but are naturally creative.

The aim of FDC Young Designer Awards is to play a major part in pursuit of tomorrow’s fashion stars, who will feature their designs on the world’s top runways and front a Paris fashion house or their own million-pound brand in 10 years’ time. This event gives each designer the opportunity to showcase their talents to the audience. Key noted designers to watch out for include Kelly-Jade Nicholls, Jay Wilson and Gavin Douglas all of which are our award winners of the BFDN Young Designer Awards.

Founder of the FDC Young Designer Awards, knitwear designer Joanna Marcella commented, ” We have proven that there are some extremely talented young people in our community today. This year our designers have been given the theme of ‘modern day natural disasters’ as part of their brief; we know they can rise to the to the challenge and produce the most flamboyant garments, hence the title of the event THE STORM”. 

The judges this year are: Christie Dinham (Tyler Media), Errol John (Barnardo’s), Jenny Holloway (Fashion-Enter and www.fashioncapital.co.uk, Grace Kelly (Afro Hair and Beauty), Akosua Annobil (New Nation), and Shelly Dixon (Pride Magazine) Kelly-Jade Nicholls (Award Winning Designer), Rumie Dyirakumunda (Award Winning Designer).

The sponsors this year are: Tyler Media, Barnardo’s, Jenny Holloway Enter Boutique, Yana Cosmetics, Little One Enterprise, New Nation, Afro Hair and Beauty, LL Creations Ltd, Zebra models, and AO models.

Joanna further expressed, “This is Britain’s only award ceremony that recognises young Multi-cultural design excellence, and catapults young fashion designers right on to the international fashion stage”. 

Previous award winners Jay Wilson, Kelly-Jade Nicholls, Adebisi Adeyemi, Christiana Gbadebo, and Rumie Dyirakumunda will be presenting a dynamic runway show. Tickets to attend the event are £11.50 if prepaid and £15.00 on the door.

Any designers who wish to take part in this year’s awards can call: 07940 647 102 or Email: info@blackfashiondesignersnetwork.com  or youngdesignerawards@hotmail.com for more details.

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