FRA 10 Year Anniversary and Awards Ceremony 2015
FRA 10 Year Anniversary & Awards Ceremony 2015 – Chloe Blake, Alumni Student
After leaving the FRA 5 years ago, I was delighted to be invited to the 10 year anniversary and awards ceremony as an alumni student. The event was held at Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden and with its classic art deco style, it was a perfect venue for the occasion. As soon as I arrived it was clear this was an FRA event, crowds of incredibly glamourous and stylish FRA graduates were eagerly waiting outside with their proud family and friends and you could really feel the excitement in the air!
Rumours of a celebrity filled event soon kicked off with TV presenter, Vernon Kay taking the stage to be the host for the evening.
The event gave a great insight into what has been achieved over the past 10 years at the FRA and it was so inspiring to see some of the talent that has been produced from the Academy. Watching the videos screened during the event I felt so proud to have been part of the FRA and to know that my peers are essentially the future of the retail industry!
During the ceremony we heard from a number of our sponsors including Sir Philip Green of Arcadia, Marc Bolland of Marks and Spencer, Jason Tarry of F&F at Tesco and Jane Shields of Next. Awards were also presented to past and present students by industry leaders and celebrities including newly appointed US Brand Ambassador for Topshop, Ciara and TV Presenter, Tess Daly!
The surprise guest everyone had been waiting for was soon announced as the one and only PALOMA FAITH! Performing her hit single Changing, the whole room were up on their feet dancing, cheering, getting covered in gold confetti and of course Tweeting, Snapchatting and Instagramming the whole performance – the atmosphere was electric!
At the end of the performance, FRA graduates and industry professionals amalgamated in the atrium for drinks and canapes with an option to get photos taken in the ShowTime Photobooth.
It was a great way to end a 10 year celebration of the fantastic place that is the FRA.