East End fashion designers and models strut their stuff

Girls pose with flower-styled designs by Mary Martin at the Called Born 2 Strut fashion show in Bric

Girls pose with flower-styled designs by Mary Martin at the Called Born 2 Strut fashion show in Brick Lane. - Credit: Archant

A fashion show aiming to put black designers on the map hit a catwalk off Brick Lane on Saturday.

Organiser Shaqueen Wilson, 24, staged the Born 2 Strut event at Corbets Place Bar in Hanbury Street, Spitalfields.

Shaqueen Wilson, 24, from Canning Town, east London, started up Born 2 Strut last year with some friends after she noticed the lack of opportunities for black fashion designers in the UK.

Explaining how she came up with the idea, Wilson said: “An inspiring moment had taken place in my life when I had a fashion crisis during the weeks of my daughter’s christening.

“I sought a family friend for help and in less than a week I designed and she created my ideal dress. This opened my eyes to the abundance of undiscovered talent in the area of black fashion that may be out there.”

The project featured four up-and-coming designers showcasing 15 outfits from each of their collections.

Shaqueen added: “After a trial show last year, I decided to go bigger this year with designers like Agnita Samuel, Nathan Sweeney,Diana and Mary Martin.

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“Born 2 Strut wants to open doors for black fashion because I do believe there are so many hidden talents out there.”

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