10 Year Old Zambian in Young Designer Awards

At the tender age of ten, Namwila is a budding designer. The young Zambian will participate in the 2011 Young Designer Awards at the Fashion Designers and Craft Makers (FDC) Young Designer Show which will take place on Saturday 26th March at the Nobel Suite of the Novotel London Hotel St Pancras at 100 -110 Euston Road London NW1 2AJ the event starts at 4pm – 9pm.

“It is reassuring to see real talent and creativity in young people. At a time when even seamstresses and tailors claim to be fashion designers by copying other people’s designs, Namwila uses her own inspiration and sketches her own original work from scratch to finish – from drawing the designs on paper to sketching the patterns, to cutting and putting the pieces together”, says Namwila’s mentor, Mrs Janet Fitzhugh.

The FDC Gala Evening will be hosted by Annaliese Dayes (from Britain’s next top model) and Chyna Desveaux. Selected young designers from all over the UK who have excelled creatively and have the potential to be the next big stars of the international fashion stage will be competing for the coveted Young Designer Award ages 9-25 year and the Radical Collections Award any age over 21 years. A very special showcase at Seattle Fashion Week USA is being offered to one of our 2011 winners.

This year the young designer show participants have also been offered the fantastic opportunity to debut a collection in The Fashion Designers Expo Week based in Florida.

Fashion Designer Expo Florida” is an exciting Fashion Week designed to show the world new fashion superstars, showcasing the best emerging talent from all over the world, FDE Florida offers the excitement and exposure that the emerging fashion talent need from extravagant runway shows to lavish parties.

Joanna Marcella the founder of the show and awards says, “Our unique selling point is that our events recognises young multicultural design talent and catapults young fashion designers right on to the international fashion stage.”

Joanna continues, “The FDC Young Designer Show and Awards has been growing from strength to strength and our reputation has reached all corners of the globe, any young designer who would to be part of the great project can still apply to come on board providing they have a collection ready to show and they meet all of the other criteria.” Joanna and her team are looking for designers who have the potential to be future icons like John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood or Alexander McQueen. For entry details, to models sponsor or attend the show contact Joanna Marcella on email: or call: +44 (0) 7940 647 102 / +44 (0) 20 8986 8411.


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