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Think hoodies stitched with lotus flower motifs, hand-painted tunics depicting ancient Chinese sports; vibrant dragons zigzagging down cropped wrap tops. That’s the look for FF2 2007: Beijing meets London, with a splash of Olympic glamour added in.

This year’s brief? "Trading across the waves": the silk, porcelain, tea trade between China and the UK. FF2 2007 was the largest yet, involving 100 London based students plus 25 from Beijing. Twenty two of these students continued to Stage 2, where they completed their designs at an intensive workshop at Central St Martin’s College of Art and Design.

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FAD caught up with them there to ask what they’d learned most from FF2: "Better time management skills and the precision involved in pattern cutting," said Aisha, 17 (Parliament Hill School, Camden). "I had a general idea what I wanted to do before, but I didn’t know how to execute it," said Nosipho, 18 (Burntwood School, Wandsworth). "Everyone on FF2 has new ideas. It’s very inspiring," she added. "This has taught me about communication between our two countries," said Jin Ling, 18, (The Beijing Polytechnic of the 2nd Light Industry, China).

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"The students are under pressure, in real world situations," commented Keren Jones, from FAD FF2 funder London, Gifted and Talented.

Sadly, there can be only one winner. But all 30 designs will make it onto the catwalk, this September, as part of the FF2 Awards Ceremony. A night to celebrate Beijing, London and the Olympic Spirit!

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See 2007 FF2 In Action! here (Acrobat PDF).