This month Diane Abbott, MP visited the launch of the Style Young exhibition, the end product of a collaborative project between LCF, Threads Youth Project and three Hackney Schools, to present awards to the young girls involved to celebrate their hard work.
The project participants were taught by local young designers Carrie Munden and Danielle Scutt who design under their own labels as well as working with designers like McQueen and Matthew Williamson. Their experience and fashion expertise helped the participants realise their skirts in an amazing presentation. The exhibition was attended by friends, family and teaching staff from local schools.
Peabody’s Director of Community Programmes, Veronica Kirwan said:
“The girls creations are nothing short of fantastic. The show was a great launch for the exhibition and showcases individual’s creative flare and skills they have learnt. It is a credit to the tutors and the girls that they are able to create garments of this calibre.”
London College of Fashion’s Outreach Coordinator, Carole Morrisson said:
“It is wonderful to harness their passion and build the girls’ awareness of the Fashion Industry – behind the scenes. Working alongside industry professionals we have also introduced the girls to the broader opportunities within the industry including visual merchandising, buying, styling, marketing and fashion business.”
Claire Swift, Director of Social Responsibility at London College of Fashion added:
“Working with the girls has been absolutely inspirational – we could not have hoped for a more enthusiastic and hard-working group of young people. From day one they showed huge dedication – not only attending all classes but also giving up their free time. I would love to see them apply for courses here at London College of Fashion.”
Threads member and designer extraordinaire, Kiah aged 14, said:
“We learnt about research and design and using a muse to create our skirts. We learnt a lot at LCF and I really enjoyed it and would like to do more.”
Fatim Gaye Diop (14) added:
“My aspiration is to carry on doing fashion and I would love to do something that includes textiles.”
Talking about what Style Young means to her Latifa Njie (14) said:
“It helps me express myself through Creativity.”
Diane Abbott MP said:
“Hackney is a fashion hub and has been a centre for garment manufacturing for a century. More recently there has been an explosion of young fashion designers based in Hackney and I have done some work with young people in Hackney and with the British fashion council… I’m keen to explore more opportunities in fashion for people in Hackney. It is also important to understand that it’s not all about fashion – it’s about skills like pattern making and this project is really important for improving access.”
The Style Young Exhibition showcases the work created by members of Threads during a three month project managed by London College of Fashion which is available to view, for free until Tuesday 16 December, at London College of Fashion’s site at Mare Street.
This has been a collaborative project between LCF and Peabody, funded by Children in Need and the Drapers’ Company.
Public Opening Times:
Monday 8 December – Tuesday 16 December
London College of Fashion, 182 Mare Street, Hackney, E8 3RE
Monday: 12pm – 7.00 pm
Tues – Fri: 10 am -7 pm
Sat: 10 am – 4 pm (closed Sunday)