Havering College student makes it to final of contest held at London Fashion Week

PUBLISHED: 10:00 21 September 2018

Havering College student Abby Foley's dress (right) on the runway at London Fashion Week as part of a competition. Picture: Tony Wellington

Havering College student Abby Foley's dress (right) on the runway at London Fashion Week as part of a competition. Picture: Tony Wellington

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A college student made it to the final of a prestigious fashion competition at London Fashion Week, showcasing her work on the runway.

Abby Foley, 18, from Upminster, was one of the 20 finalists to take part in the 2018 Fashion Futures Final, organised by award-winning London charity Fashion Awareness Direct (FAD) on Monday, September 17.

Before, the show, the Havering College of Further and Higher Education student said that she would like to see more UK-created fashion and hopes to set up her own locally and ethically sourced label.

Abby designed a metallic dress to be worn down the runway for the contest.

She said: “I’d prefer more fashion to be made in-house than overseas.

“I know it’s a lot more expensive but it gives more people a chance to get jobs in making.

“I’d definitely want to have it all made here and you would know who is making what.

“You’ve got to try and make it better, haven’t you? You’ve got to do the right thing.”

The winners were hand selected by judges including high-street veteran Jane Shepherdson CBE, founder of Antibad Store Agatha Lintott, mental health advocate and influencer Jada Sezer, as well as directors at Asos and Natwest.

Although Abby was not one of the chosen winners, she has already secured a place on the fashion design course at De Montfort University and has loved honing her skills with Fad.

She said: “I had some experience before but I’ve learnt a lot more around pattern-cutting and different ways to sew.

“I feel a bit more out there too - I wasn’t as creative.

“I was sticking to normal things whereas now I feel I can be more outrageous and creative.

“Fad is a really good platform that everyone should apply to and try and get on. It’s been really helpful.”

Founder and chief executive of FAD Maria Alvarez said that these are the youngest designers to ever show at London Fashion Week and are trying to give “real opportunities to people so they can progress into the fashion industry.”

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