East End fashion designers and models strut their stuff
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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.”
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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.”