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Teenager debuts at London Fashion Week

Teenage fashion student Gemma Halliwell has scooped a top award during a show at the London Fashion Week.

The Bury College student saw her outfit paraded on the catwalk after winning a prize in the 2011 FAD Junior Awards.

Gemma, 17, was presented with the award for Commercial Design for her wearable dress with lace cape and floral print. Gemma said her winning design was inspired by ceramics she had liked at the V&A Museum in London.

The awards were organised by charity Fashion Awareness Direct and included designs by 25 teenagers in a variety of categories. The outfits were paraded on a catwalk at Vauxhall Fashion Scout in Covent Garden as part of the London Fashion Week at the end of September.

Gemma said: “It’s just something that you don’t expect at such a young age, it’s just wow! Something I really wasn’t expecting – to win an award. FAD have really, really helped me. When I first started, I had never made a dress before.”

The finalists only had five days to make their outfits for the catwalk after being selected from 100 young people who took part in FAD’s Fashion Futures 2 workshops earlier in the year.

Gemma’s family, friends and teachers were among those watching as her work was paraded on the catwalk during the show. There were also representatives from River Island, George at Asda and Marie Claire taking front row seats.

The Fashion Futures initiative aims to provide teenagers with a realistic insight into what it means to work in the creative industries.

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