Next week FAD celebrates it’s 10th birthday with an exclusive Gala event at Vauxhall Fashion Scout in Covent Garden.
Beatrice Newman: 2009 FAD Competition Illustration; Beatrice’s MA Collection
Kicking off the FAD 10 celebrations will be a catwalk show featuring fashion designs from a decade of the FAD Competition, alongside hot new collections from past FAD winners & finalists.
Here is a sneaky preview and some more info on just five of the extremely talented designers who will be showcasing.
Beatrice ‘Korlekie’ Newman
Pop stars Rita Ora (ELLE Style Awards) & Alesha Dixon wearing Korlekie
Beatrice took part in the 2009 FAD Competition, wowing the jury even then with her intricate and painstakingly beautiful designs.
Since then she has gone on to dress some of the strongest female music artists in the UK from the Noisettes’ Shingai Shoniwa and Alesha Dixon, to Rita Ora who wore one of her designs to the ELLE Style Awards earlier this month. Having just completed an MA at the London College of Fashion this is one young designer who is destined for big things. Read more about Beatrice’s knitwear label Korlekie here.
Rasa won the 2010 FAD Competition
Rasa’s graduate collection showcased at Truman Brewery
Rasa won the FAD Competition in 2010 when she was only in the 2nd year of a Fashion BA at Middlesex University. FAD awarded her £2,000 and a placement with Dame Vivienne Westwood.
On the jury panel for that year was Designer David Koma (himself an FAD Competition finalist in 2005). He was so impressed by Rasa that he gave her a placement with him for several months. With all this knowledge and experience behind her, Rasa returned to Vivienne Westwood after graduating, where she now works full-time in the design team.
Images from recent Harnett & Pope collection
Katie Pope was a runner-up in the 2005 FAD Competition. After a stint at Trendstop.com she has now set up her own business with design partner Christy Harnett. Together they are the talent behind luscious London label Harnett & Pope.
Rebecca Thomson’s Work in Progress at the RCA & Illustration for 2010 FAD Competition
Royal College of Art student Rebecca Thomson was an FAD finalist in 2010. She hit headlines when she went on to win the Graduate Fashion Week Gala Award the same year. Currently studying fashion at the Royal College of Art, watch out for the rest of Rebecca’s stunning collection when she graduates this May.
Photo credit: Charlie Strand. Vera’s 2010 FAD Competition garment to feature in new book on Icelandic Design.
Vera in Vogue.com & a design from her latest collection (Photo credit: Charlie Strand)
2010 runner-up, Vera Thordardottir featured in Vogue after Lady Gaga was snapped wearing her designs, not once but twice. Originally from Iceland Vera’s latest collection inspired by the landscapes of her home country opened Reykjavik Fashion Week, and will feature later this year in a new book on Icelandic Fashion Design.