Fashion Awareness Direct (F.A.D.) is a award winning charity that offers young people to get ahead in creative careers, regardless of any personal circumstance, financial situation or ethnic background. This season, FAD Fashion Futures will showcase the work of 21 teenagers who designed and created a garment over an intensive summer course at University of East London. They all had the same brief: Indian Street Wear.


Georgie Hudd WINNER

Georgie Hudd’s winning garment was inspired by the architecture of the infamous Taj Mahal. The brightly coloured layers of pink, orange and red with traditional Indian print won her the top spot of the Fashion Futures competition.


Bianca’s take on the brief inspired her to create a bright prink and red dress with a corset and a beaded trim. The skills she perfected making the dress won her the Technical Excellence Award

Cleopatra Thompson TEXTILES AWARD

Cleopatra used inspiration from Indian street style, colours and culture to create a jumpsuit. She also drew on inspiration from the architecture of the Mughal Temples. Her innovative skills with fabrics won her the textiles award.


Eleanor developed her inspiration of the Indian Sari into the design of her award-winning jumpsuit. She pulled inspiration from different aspects of the indian culture and fused them with the jumpsuit frequented in urban street style. Her efforts over the intensive course have paid off, and she was presented with the Outstanding Achievement award.


Sindy took inspiration from her local surroundings. Living in London a hugely diverse and multicultural city, she was inspired by men who able to fused sports wear with traditional indian kameez to perfect the combination of Indian and Urban street style. This innovative thinking and interpretation of the brief won her the Innovation Award with her ruffled, distressed, dark garment streaked with neon yellow.

Lauren Algar

Lauren Algar took the brief and decided to create a man’s poncho influenced by the architecture of the Taj Mahal, indian streetwear and the Holi Festival. This was demonstrated by the colourful patch on the shoulder of the poncho that included a mesh insert running through the middle.

Daisy Haggerty

On a trip to the V&A, Daisy was inspired by the use of hand symbolism in Indian culture. Her garment involved panels created to represent interlocking fingers. Daisy was also inspired by the evolution of gender fluidity in Indian street wear, creating a unisex urban style with noticeable Indian references.

Taja Boodie

Taja also found inspiration at the V&A, in the shapes of the indian plants. Her Indian grandmother also was a source of inspiration, as she would always wear floaty dresses. Taja presented a light green garment with floral lace detailing and flowing sleeves.

Lidia Zakowska

Lidia’s garment is based on indian jewellery and the shapes of rings. The young creative decided to add bright green to her design to make sure garment stood out from the crowd.

Emily Guest

Emily’s research led to her find inspiration in the patterns and embroidery that is inherent in India’s fashion history. Her bright blue trousers with skirt detail and embroidered, bright flowers wowed the audience.

Emily Khor

Emily Khor was inspired by the architecture and patterns she saw on the trip to the V&A. Her research and moodboards evolved into the creation of a white and blue loose fitted dress with a pleat down the back and a zip running up the front emblazoned with a recurring leaf motif.

Imogen Mulvenna

Imogen’s red and black poncho with a layering detail and an oversized cut-out collar was a perfect blend of Indian history and culture and London street style.

Natalie Brotherton

Natalie’s interest in geometric shapes and sharp edges for her garment led to the creation of a versatile and practical garment that includes a zip running around the waist, that can detach the bottom from the top, allowing for the design to be wearable as two garments. Natalie also added a large hood and pockets for practicality and style.

Tia-Marie Kent-Smith

Tia-Marie’s research into Indian wildlife led to her using the peacock, national symbol of india, for inspiration. The bright colours of blue and green with details of translucent material perfectly represented the tails of the majestic creature.

Nusra Nijimbere

Nusra was inspired by the signature Indian colours and prints to create her patchwork waistcoat and box pleat trousers.

Cleoluana Fernandes

Cleoluana design was inspired by the Indian fruit Biel, and by experimenting with shapes during the design process, she ensured her design was not too simple by opting for a cropped top and a midi skirt that was made of layers of cut-out squares subtly referencing the seeds of the Biel fruit. 

Ellen Hill

Ellen was inspired by textures and shapes of traditional 1800’s indian menswear, the layers, pleats, gathering and quilting inspired her green quilted bomber jacket and flow frilled dress creating a perfect harmony between Indian fashion history and modern London street style.

Valerie Olu

Valerie initially inspired by the western waistcoats seen in urban street style and fusing this with the peacock, the national symbol of India. She presented a dress with a plunging neck and flowing skirt in a beautiful blue.

Aanisah Suhail

Aanisah was inspired by nature and Indian clothing for the creation of her jumpsuit. She took the traditional Indian two-piece and fused it into a jumpsuit as a nod to London street style but with the bright colours of Indian culture.

Salma Osman

Salma’s garment is inspired by the corsets and saris of Indian culture. By including more Western notions of fashion such as denim, and reinterpreting the Indian sari into trousers, Salma’s fusion of Indian culture and street style gained the approval of the audience. The colourful sash that accompanied the dark denim gave a nod to the bright colours of Indian culture.

Abi Carew

Abi was inspired by the colours and architecture of Indian culture to create her garment. A red and gold lace dress that was heavily inspired by Indian fashion was paired with a bright turquoise tulle cape, as seen in London street style from notable designers such as Molly Goddard.

Photography: Caitlin Davis & Nic Ford

Writing: Millie Collier