In February IndustryMe was invited to a Fashion Showcase focused on raising awareness of Angelman Syndrome.

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The presentation promised to showcase exciting new creative talent with statement designs and a pure flair for style as well as providing a platform for emerging young artists.

You can catch our highlights from the evening here:

We all gathered in the upper room of Hackney Picture House for a spectacular evening filled with innovation and nothing but positive vibes.

Bold patterns, striking gowns and inspired designs. every designer brought a unique quality to the runway each evoking a different emotion with their pieces.

Where does the inspiration stem from?

For Sarah Salvador, it’s Eastern and Japanese culture.

I love fashion. I’ve been doing this since the 90s but didn’t have the funds to market my designs this at the time, so I made a denim jacket with quilted embroidery. So yeah just Oriental culture and fashion

Describing red and whites and as a part of her signature style, indicating that the use of stripes was a chic way of bringing her runway creations into the ready to wear mainstream clothing.

As for Amy Sweaton, the creativity is underpinned by a passion to raise awareness about mental health. Sweaton pieces of explore the visual representation of schizophrenia and hallucinations; through the use of colours and embellishments.

Black is a base colour for myself that I enjoy working with. Mental health is usually represnted as something gory and I wanted to do something different. Rather than just using red I wanted to bring in oranges and greys to lighten it up a bit and make it a bit more positive.

For Laura Thomas her pieces take draw on the fond memories of her homeland.

My collection is called “Broken Crayons Still Colour”. My work is hugely influenced by God first, I am into counselling and also work with children. I noticed that there’s a connection between what I was creating and what I want to say to the world. All of us are broken in some way. There are times when we can stand alone which was represented by the solid colour. But there are also times when we need the help of others.

Where I live in Barbados there’s lots and lots of colour. The sunrises and sun sets. It’s all about colours. We don’t all have to do the same thing. We are all different and should express ourselves differently.

The designers that exhibited on the night were:

  1. Sarah Salvador
  2. Amy Sweaton
  3. Laura Thomas
  4. Samantha Shaw
  5. Rose Brown
  6. Phoebe Constable
  7. Lydia Fung Sze Ki
  8. Vega Navascues – Young Artist
  9. Merel Kaptein – Young Artist.

What does the future hold for these budding talents?

Oh wow, I’d love to do London fashion week one day. I think I’ll take my time. I know Joanna has another show in Decemeber I’d love to be there.

– Sarah Salvador

*EXCLUSIVE ALERT*

Sarah has indicated that she has plans to explore the use of origami in her future works.

I’ve loved origami since I was 16, when I went to college and my mind just opened. I am not sure of the colour theme but it will probably incorporate stripes.

We look forward to seeing the work of these designers in the future, something tells me that whatever they are working on it will be spectacular.

More information about Angelman Syndrome:
Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects the nervous system and causes severe physical and intellectual disability.
A person with Angelman syndrome will have a near-normal life expectancy, but needs looking after for the rest of their life.
More details can be found on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/angelman-syndrome/