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Waqaas Ahmed grew up around a sewing machine. “My mother was a tailor so I was around clothes all the time,” recalls the London-based abaya designer. “In primary school, I was the only student who was able to sew a straight line with the sewing machine. But it wasn’t until secondary school when I really started gaining interest in fashion and making clothes,” he muses. He would go on to obtain his formal education at the London College of Fashion, where he learned tailoring, pattern cutting, garment manufacturing, and hand-sewing techniques.
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