Bromley fashion student saw work showcased at London fashion week

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 September 2018

Fashion student Eliza Spencer recently showcased her work at London fashion week. Picture: Tony Wellington

Fashion student Eliza Spencer recently showcased her work at London fashion week. Picture: Tony Wellington


Fashion student Eliza Spencer, 17, from Beckenham, recently showcased her work at London fashion week as part of the 2018 fashion futures final.

The event, which took place on Monday, September 17 at Freemason’s Hall in Covent Garden, was organised by award-winning London charity FAD.

Hosted by Fashion Scout, the 20 finalists, aged 16-22, are the very youngest designers present on the London Fashion Week schedule.

Founder and chief executive of FAD, Maria Alvarez, said: “They’re the youngest designers to ever show at London Fashion Week. We are giving real opportunities to people so they can progress into the fashion industry.”

Aspiring designer, Eliza, said: “the show was amazing! It was crazy seeing all our designs being brought to life and walked down the catwalk by professional models.”

When asked what inspires her about working in the fashion industry, Eliza said: “the main thing that inspires me to design is how free you can be with your work.”

Eliza wants to go into costume design and make clothes for theatre and was informed about FAD by her textile teacher. Eliza said: “I knew I wanted to apply, even if I only got through the first round because I would’ve learnt so much more than not doing it at all.

“I think FAD is a fantastic chance for young people to grow and become something great and having done this project I am going to have so many opportunities to pursue my dreams.

“FAD has helped me to understand the industry and what it has to offer, including working with industrial machines and getting advice from professionals.”

Eliza thanked FAD for the opportunity: “FAD has been a massive highlight in my life and without it I wouldn’t be as confident as I now am.”

When asked what advice she would give to aspiring designers, she said: “if you let someone drag you down, or take their comments to heart, you’re never going to reach your full potential. Its not a bad thing to ask for help, everyone starts of clueless you just need the confidence to reach out for help and take in any advice they give you.”

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