Young people in Southwark are being offered a chance to work with some of Britain's top fashion designers on a fashion show at Tate Modern, thanks to Karrot, the Southwark police-led incentive scheme.
In preparation for a fashion show on 2 September in the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern, young people are invited to enter their ideas and designs into a competition to select ten winning entries that will be made up for the show.
The show has been organised by Karrot in conjunction with Southwark's Youth Offending Team, the Prince's Trust, the London Institute (which includes the London College of Printing at the Elephant and Castle) and the London Fashion Forum.
As part of the competition, young people are asked to demonstrate their artistic talent and fashion sense in two ways.
Firstly, by providing a name and a logo for the event. The winning entrant will work with top PR company Leo Burnett Advertising to see their entry produced professionally and used in advance publicity material; and secondly by producing a design for a single outfit to be modeled at the show. Ten winners will be selected and they will work with a mentor from the fashion industry to design and manufacture their collection.
In addition, a further 300 young people will be involved in putting the show together and will receive training in photography, journalism, publicity, hairdressing, make-up skills, lighting, music and other event production skills.
"It will be entirely their event," said Chief Supt Rod Jarman, Southwark Borough Police Commander. "But it will also be entirely professional, as befits the prestigious venue of the show and we are very grateful to all those professionals who have volunteered their services."
"At this stage, it is the strength of the ideas that will catch the judges' attention. We are not looking for artists. Developing the skills will come later."
Invitations have gone out from Karrot to all Southwark schools and youth organisations, aimed at young people between the ages of 11 and 17 who live in or go to school in Southwark.
Entries must be in by 7 February and judging will take place in mid February by leading names in the British fashion scene, designers and producers.
The fashion show will be one of the Flagship events under the Prince's Trust's 'Celebrate London 2003' initiative.