Havering College student to showcase work at London Fashion Week

PUBLISHED: 12:00 17 April 2017

Fashion student Ruqiya Ahmed to showcase her work at London Fashion Week 2017. Picture: Havering College

Fashion student Ruqiya Ahmed to showcase her work at London Fashion Week 2017. Picture: Havering College

Havering College

A student with an eye for design is over the moon to have been selected to display her work at this year’s London Fashion Week.

Havering College of Further and Higher Education student Ruqiya Ahmed, 17, has been taking part in the 10-week Fad Fashion Futures course, provided by a charity which offers young people the opportunity to get ahead in their creative careers.

After attending the course every Saturday, learning different techniques such as draping and flat pattern cutting, Ruqiya was delighted to be told she was one of 20 designers picked to attend their summer school.

She said: “It’s been an amazing experience, being taught new skills and gaining so much more knowledge.

“I am super excited about what’s going to be happening next.”

As part of the course, Ruqiya had to design a dress, which she presented in front of a panel of judges.

She said: “The theme was Europe in the 1600s and I chose for my dress to have a deep V-neck which the judges were impressed with.

“It took a lot of time to make but I was really happy with what I showed to the judges.”

The fledgling designer took GCSE design and technology and is now studying at Havering College’s £6million centre of creative arts. The college holds Artsmark Gold status from Arts Council England in recognition of its commitment to arts education.

Ruqiya will be working on the dress she presented to the judges in time for London Fashion Week in September.

Havering College’s assistant principal for the faculty of arts and science, Pauline Franckel, said: “Ruqiya is a committed, hardworking and talented student, so it’s no surprise she made the finals of FAD Fashion Futures. We are extremely proud of her for getting this far and wish her the best of luck in the final stages of the competition!”


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