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BBC funds young designers for London Fashion Week catwalk

The BBC has recruited a team of 10 young people to create a collection that will be shown at London Fashion Week (LFW).

The BBC Your Label project will give the young people, aged between 15 and 22, funding to develop their first fashion collection. Their progress will be filmed for the BBC’s website and for the BBC2 on demand channel.

The collection will show on the catwalk at the next LFW, which runs from September 18-23 at Somerset House in central London. There will also be a diffusion line of T-shirts sold, with sales going to the BBC’s Children In Need charity.

The young team is being mentored by experienced commercial designers, including LFW regular Julian Roberts (pictured) and Irregular Choice designer Danny Sullivan.

There will be separate collections for men and women, both taking the same direction and showing under the WO/MAN label. Both are influenced by vintage clothing and extreme tailoring with a youthful edge.


Readers' comments (1)

  • This is a really great idea.

    It would be even better if there was such an opportunity for older designers 30 - 45 that would have worked within the industry for many years for brands or suppliers that would welcome such an opportunity and that would be ready to take on a new challenge.

    Often designers within the industry lose their vision and passion for why they went into fashion in the first place and would be a way of rekindling that fire and with the added experience who knows how amazing the collections could be.

    I am 39 and have had my own label many years ago but due to finances had to work within a brand but would love an excuse to leave my current role and do something more creative if even for a pay cut.

    Just a thought and would be interested in hearing how other older working designers feel about this.


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