WEARING a stunning creation of her own, Adel Kaseke took to the stage to collect her award for Woman in Fashion.
She was one of 11 much-deserving winners at The News’ Woman of the Year Awards 2014.
The glamorous event was made even more so by Adel (pictured first), a 37-year-old single mum, from Southsea, who runs her own fashion label, Curvy Swan.
She wowed judges by overcoming personal and professional difficulties to become a successful brand which caters for curvaceous figures, with fun and flamboyant designs inspired by Adel’s native Africa.
Speaking at the awards, held at the Marriott Hotel, North Harbour, she said: ‘It’s amazing to be recognised.
‘I’m an immigrant from Africa and have worked so hard.
‘To be recognised for something you do because you love it with all your heart is incredible.
‘I do not take this award for granted. I’m a single mum and I look after my children and I work when they are asleep. Never have I claimed benefits, it is just hard work. I’m so grateful for the award.’
Runners-up in the category were Naomi Thompson, author of the Style Me Vintage series of books, and fashion designer Ami Lowman, founder of Mia Mai.
Adel’s creations can be found on Asos, at the Love Southsea Markets and at her website curvyswan.co.uk.
It was a tough call for judges in the Women in Education category.
But, of all the excellent nominees, it was Sarah Baggett (pictured second), from Bay House School, Gosport who clinched the award.
The 27-year-old is a teaching and learning assistant and also a dance teacher in training. It is because of her that pupils can now take a GCSE in dance.
She was nominated by colleagues who praised her dedication and willingness to give up her own time to hold dance classes.
Sarah said: ‘I didn’t even think I was in with a chance. I’m completely overwhelmed.
‘Dancing is something I’ve done my whole life and I love the fact that I help young people get enjoyment out of it. We’ve just had a large intake of boys and my dream now is to get them involved.’
Runners-up were Kim Furphy and Kristel Haines.
Stunning awards dress to raise cash for charity
This beautiful photo (pictured third) captures Woman in Fashion Award winner Adel Kaseke and runners-up Naomi Thompson, left, and Ami Lowman, right.
Author and vintage fashion expert Naomi, a mum-of-one, from Southsea, wore a fabulous floor-length 1980s prom dress which drew gasps of admiration from the other guests.
And now she has donated the stunning velvet and organza number to the Bivol Trust’s charity shop in Elm Grove, Southsea, to raise money for the organisation.
Adel said: ‘I help the Bivol Trust as a buyer for their shop, I also date and value donations for them. It’s a pleasure to use my knowledge and raise funding and awareness for people who need that extra support.’
The dress is available now.
A full list of the winners and runners-up are here.