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Young fashion designer up for an award

DESIGNS ON A DREAM: Deleisha Swaby

A BIRMINGHAM mother who gave-up her care assistant job to pursue her fashion designer dreams and inspire her daughter, has been nominated for the best independent at the Midland's Fashion Designer of the Year, which takes place on October 20.

Just three years after she established her women’s wear brand, Kashane Swaby, the determined creative finds herself in the running for the prestigious award alongside nine other nominees in a competitive category.

Ahead of the show and to follow-up her appearance at the Birmingham Fashion Festival in June earlier this year, Swaby, 25, will be showcasing her creations at her own catwalk show on October 15, at the Minerva Works, Birmingham.

“My greatest motivation and inspiration has to be my daughter. I am motivated by the need to set an example for her, by showing her that she can achieve anything that she puts her mind to.”

Mother to three-year-old Deniqua Forsythe, Swaby has been designing and sewing clothes from a very young age. She began to take her craft seriously while at college in 2010 and her designs are heavily influenced by the legendary designer Alexander McQueen.

“I am inspired by not only his superb craftsmanship, but also by his fearlessness. He did not think outside of the box, because for him there was a never a box. I would like to bring that same level of fearlessness and originality out in my own designs.

“I also hope to inspire young people, and single mothers just like me, who have a dream. I would like to be an example of what hard work looks like, when it pays off. I hope to be successful in what I do to spark that light in someone else, so that they can also be bold enough to step out and follow their own dreams."

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