Fashion show celebrates Black History Month

Young Chiswick designers strut their stuff on the catwalk

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Young people from the Chiswick area were strutting their stuff on the catwalk on Monday, as part of a project to explore identity and London life to celebrate Black History Month.

The fashion show, held at the Chiswick Christian Centre, Fraser Street and organised by officers from the council's Youth Service, gave the young people the chance to put together their own designs that were influenced by black and Asian communities

Two workshops were held in the run up to the main event that helped the young people look at how other cultures have influenced current high street trends.

Samina Siddiqui, the youth service's detached and outreach worker for the Chiswick area, said “The group already had an interest in fashion, and we wanted to help them develop that and use Black History Month as a way to explore how different cultures influence what people wear.

“Things like skinny jeans and tulip skirts are contemporary versions of traditional Asian clothes, so we were able to look at cultural influences in fashion to find out more about the communities around us. It was a great way to help the young people increase their self-confidence and learn more about different cultures in a way that let them build on their own interests.”

Further entertainment provided on the evening was provided by Reflekt Records, and the Ambala Sweet Centre of Kingsley Road, Hounslow provided the event with a selection of Asian delicacies.

The project was paid for by a grant from the Peeps Panel (Positive Education Empowerment Programmes) which is a group of young people from across the borough who have been elected to oversee funds of more than £500,000 over two years from the Youth Opportunities and Youth Capital Funds.

Any young people aged 13-19 who live in the borough can apply for funds for things they want to do and places they want to go from the Peeps Panel. The next deadline for applications is noon on 2 November.

October 13, 2006