Tue, 04 October 2011
Tameside College students reach the FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) competition semi finals in London.
FAD is a not-for-profit organisation that targets young people from inner-city areas of London and Greater Manchester aiming to bridge the gap between education and the creative industry. The first stage of the FAD competition involved entrants producing a prototype of their garment, which was completed during 5 days of workshops based at Salford University.
Out of the 150 competitors, Nathan O’Brien and Sabah Akbar, from Tameside College, were selected to go through to the semi final based at the University of East London. The chosen few then had five days to design and create a collection to showcase at London Fashion Week. Fashion tutor, Jackie, said “Although Sabah and Nathan did not get final places we are still very proud that they got this far, especially considering only 25 students were selected to reach the semi finals. Both of the student’s designs were completed to a very high standard”.
Nathan said, “I am brimming with pride at the thought my garment has been showcased at London Fashion Week after only a year in practice. This achievement most definitely has encouraged me to pursue a career in fashion, with FAD providing me with an excellent springboard into the industry. I now dream to become a success so I can give back to Fashion Awareness Direct and help provide new up and coming designers with the opportunity I have been given”.
Sabah said, “I have enjoyed every single opportunity that FAD has given me. The experience was really good and has given me the confidence to pursue my dreams. FAD has offered me the chance of voluntary work to support other students in future projects which will be extremely useful in my UCAS application. Being involved in London Fashion Week has encouraged me to aim for the production of my own show”.