Finalists in designer fashion competition

FAD Junior awards finalist, Hannah Durham, aged 17
FAD Junior awards finalist, Hannah Durham, aged 17

TWO local teenagers are to showcase fashion designs at London Fashion Week.

In the 16-19 year olds category, the two teenagers are finalists in the 2012 FAD Junior Awards sponsored by George at Asda Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) creating industry opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds

FAD Junior awards finalist Kair Boardman aged 17.

FAD Junior awards finalist Kair Boardman aged 17.

Almost 30 talented young people, aged 16-19 years old, will showcase their ‘Great British’ designs at London Fashion Week this month as part of an outreach project organised by London based charity - FAD.

And among the finalists are Kai Boardman from Leigh and Hannah Durham from Tyldesley both 17, who are students at Salford City College.

Tuesday (September 18) will see the young designers go head-to-head in the George sponsored 2012 FAD Junior Awards final, at the prestigious Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden.

The finalists will present garments inspired by their own visions of what it means to be British, in the hope of being crowned winner of the FAD Junior Awards and securing a top design placement with show sponsors George at Asda.

The talented finalists took part in an intensive FAD summer school, where supported by industry mentors, they put together their catwalk-worthy collection in just five days.

Kai said: “This experience has helped me in many ways; it has not only given me valuable skills but it’s such an amazing step in the right direction for young people from backgrounds like mine, who passionately want to be a part of the fashion industry.”

And Hannah added: “I feel extremely proud to have come this far. The excitement of going to London to create my final design was overwhelming! Thank you to the sponsors George at Asda for funding FAD and helping young people such as myself to gain experiences.”