Replica gun designed by Harlesden teen on display with work by Vivienne Westwood
PUBLISHED: 15:46 02 June 2016 | UPDATED: 16:36 03 June 2016
A teenager from Harlesden is showcasing his artwork in a national exhibition alongside iconic designer Vivienne Westwood.
Ashton Frank, who lives on Longstone Avenue, is having his replica gun exhibited at the Fashion and Freedom Exhibition to complement the fashion designer’s latest dress.
The 13-year-old, who attends Portland Place School in Marylebone, was asked to design a piece to complement Vivienne Westwood’s dress as she wanted it to be from a child’s perspective not a fashion designers.
He said: “I felt honoured to be part of this project and it was nerve wracking to know that I was creating a piece for Vivienne Westwood. I really hope I made her happy with the outcome and I feel grateful to have been asked to design a piece for this important exhibition.”
The Fashion and Freedom Exhibition was launched last month to commemorate World War One and will run until November 27.
The gun and dress were designed to reflect the Suffragettes during World War One, when women replaced men to work in factories and on the roads while they were away at war. It proved women were capable of other jobs, not just domestic-focused work, and released them from the traditional restrictive clothing they were expected to wear.
Ashton designed the gun plate with the help of his design and technology teacher Parwez Soogund using a 2D scanner.
Janice Frank, his mum, said: “Ashton is passionate about history and passionate about guns so this was a perfect opportunity for him. It was great that Portland Place supported him and helped him design such an incredible war time accessory.”
Mr Soogund commented: “Three years ago, the first time I met Ashton, his eyes were full of excitement as he walked into the workshop. He was eager to use the tools and machinery, and has continued to learn and develop his skills with dedication. He has previously won competitions with his homemade costumes. I congratulate Ashton and hope it will be the first of many opportunities to display his fine work.”
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