by Amara Howe
A fashion exhibition to showcase young students’ fashion design and styling work overseen by a stylist who has done work for Rihanna and Kanye West was held last night at Chalkhill community centre, Wembley.
The exhibition featured work by students aged 11 to 16, which had been designed, customised and styled in October last year.
Run by renowned fashion stylist Denise Brown, the work was put on display for the local community, including an array of fluorescent bomber jackets hung on a clothing rail, and sequin studded t-shirts customised by the aspiring fashion designers.
Twenty photographs were placed around the hall featuring models wearing the designs including family members of the students.
Brown, who regularly runs local workshops in the area, has worked in the fashion industry for over a decade, styling a list of celebrity clients including Rihanna and Kanye West.
Last year she organised a fashion show but this year wanted to do something different in order to get members of the local community, especially young people, as involved as possible.
“I decided to do an exhibition so that both students and their parents could see the work in front of them,” she said.
Fashion Changed My Life Academy
Brown, the founder of the Fashion Changed My Life Academy, has always aimed to help those in her community.
“I grew up in a troubled environment. I was in a gang by the age of 12 and was put into care at 15 but I found fashion and that helped me come out of the life of crime,” she said.
Both students and parents showed up to the exhibition last night to indulge in free food and talk about fashion.
Customised cupcakes were also provided at the event with the “Fashion Changed My Life” logo branded on each one.
Brown called the event an incredible success. “It was amazing, the students were happy and so were the parents,” she said.
“Looking at the pictures made me so proud of what I’ve taught these young students.”
At the end of the night students were awarded certificates for attending the workshops, and were able to take home the photographs to hang on their bedroom walls.