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Teens set to showcase designs at London Fashion Week

OPPORTUNITY: FAD (Fashion Awareness Direct) has been using fashion as an effective tool to raise aspirations, engage and motivate young people for nearly 20 years.

ON SEPTEMBER 18 2017, twenty 16-19 year olds will be the youngest designers to showcase their designs on the catwalk at London Fashion Week.

The opportunity for these young people to showcase their talents at London's prestigious fashion week its thanks to charity FAD’s Fashion Futures programme, which gives young people the hands-on experience, technical training and professional mentoring they need to progress into the elite fashion industry.

The London based creatives from diverse backgrounds have been shortlisted from over 70 teenagers. With the support of sponsors NatWest and George at Asda, the finalists have been working hard to perfect their designs which are inspired by the style leaders of Europe, past and present.

A panel of professionals from ASOS, All Saints and George have judged the 20 finalists work and the winners will be announced at the show.

2009 Fashion Futures finalist Danielle Tunstall explains how Fashion Futures helped her, saying: "Taking part in Fashion Futures was an amazing opportunity. The skills I gained prepared me for my career path and gave me the confidence to apply. FAD definitely helped me to be where I am now.'

Other past finalists include acclaimed LCM designer Grace Wales-Bonner (2008) as well as professionals in design, buying and PR with big fashion names including Tom Ford, River Island and M&S.

The 2017 Fashion Futures Final will take place at Fashion Scout at the Freemasons’ Hall in Covent Garden on Monday September 18 at 7pm.

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