The Fashion Designers & Craft Makers Network,on Saturday 29th October held their fourth consecutive Young Designer Awards and Gala Showcase at plush Park Crescent Conference Centre . The award was aimed at discovering this year's innovative, creative 'FDCN young designers' of the future. Families, friends, fashion lovers and the press alike gathered together at this impressive and exciting award ceremony. Under the watchful eyes of a special panel of Judges from the media and fashion world which included; Errol John from Barnardo's, (sponsor of the FDCN Designer of the Year Award) Christie Dinham of Tyler Media, Grace Kelly of Afro Hair & Beauty, Akosua Annobil of New Nation Newspaper, Jennifer Williams-Baffoe of Ethnic Minority Enterprise Project,
The programme was a much see event.
The Judges present had the difficult task of selecting this year's FDCN Young Designer of the Year which was open to candidates aged 9-20 years and the FDCN Avant-Garde Designer of the Year Open to the 21-25 year age group.
Another award the Tyler Media/Children Are the Future Youth Award 2005 was also on offer to be presented by Christie Dinham who is also one of the organisers of the Caribbean Fashion Week in Jamaica.
After all the contestants had showcased their splendid designs the judges decided the winners as:
Davinia de Cordova-FDCN YDA Winner 14-19 Year Old Category
FDCN YDA Winner 20 Year Old Category was Adebisi Adeyemi
Barnardo's Young designer of the year was Adebisi Adeyemi
FDCN Avant Garde Winner was Nazia Parveen
Tyler Media/Children Are the Future Youth Award 2005 Jermaine Wilson.
The winner of the special Tyler Media/Children Are the Future Youth Award 2005 Jermaine Wilson has won an all expenses paid trip to début his collection in New York Fashion Week, following in the footsteps of Kelly-Jade Nicholls 2004 winner who showcased in Caribbean Fashion week last June. "I truly believe that we have to encourage our young designers as much as we can; after all they are our future industry shakers and makers." Says Christie Dinham
This award was founded by Knitwear Designer Joanna Marcella, " This year was a special year with the advent of Africa 05 and various cultural based initiatives, our designers where given the theme of 'my roots and heritage' as part of their brief, they rose to the challenge and produced the most flamboyant garments", Says Joanna.
This year's awards has moved to the next level in its search for multi-cultural design excellence, there were several outstanding winners with Barnardo's 2005 Designer of the year award being presented to 20 year old Adebisi Adeyemi
All of this years winner's have been awarded an opportunity to participate on a year long UK tour and showcase, which is a new exposure and awareness initiative, launched in line with our vision, which is to see the day when the names of African/Caribbean and Asian designers names roll of the tongues of the average consumer as easily as we say, John Galliano, Stella McCartney or Alexander McQueen.
The evening was a great success filled with live entertainment, fashion shows from up and coming top fashion designers and a glamorous black model search which saw up to 400 people come down to support our young people of the community, as well as raising funds towards our chosen charity
Fashion Designers' & Craft Makers' Network is busy preparing next years Award Show and also putting the final touches to the Young Designers Award workshops and Model Search Workshops.
We are now registering young designers who want to take part in next year awards to register email:
or call 020 8986 8411.