I was thinking about my K.I.D.S. series recently, and how I haven’t done one in a while. K.I.D.S. is all about giving your little ones a voice in what you make them. Showing them that their thoughts are valid, their designs and artwork are beautiful (even if it is just scribbles), and that you SEE what they are making. The Kids Inspiration and Design Series helps foster a love for art, in all forms, by working together to bring your children’s drawing to life. Teaching parents how to invite their little ones into their creative spaces and begin cultivating a love for sewing and design.
It is never too early to begin. In fact, I rounded up a list of SEVEN incredible kids – fashion designers that are already making waves in the fashion scene.
So go ahead – get your kids going. Encourage their dreams, after all – you never know what God has in store for them.
This 13 year old fashion designer began painting when she was 3, started her own clothing line at the age of 9, and has been moving forward ever since. In 2012 she showed a collection at Austin Fashion Week, and she currently has her own clothing line in Nordstroms. Did I mention that she also happens to be a Mensa member, and is already a college freshman?! SHE IS THIRTEEN. In Isabella’s words when talking with the Today Show, the keys to success are “blood, sweat, and glitter”. See more of Isabella Rose Taylor here.
Moziah Bridges impressed me when I happened to see him on ABC’s Shark Tank trying to get a deal for Mo’s Bows (super cute name!). At just 9 years old he was inspired by musicians whom he had happened to see wearing bow ties, and after not finding any that he liked in the store, he took it upon himself to sew his own. With the help of his Grandma, Mo’s Bows was born. In Mo’s words when talking with HuffPost, “I said, ‘mom, I’m not clipping anything on my neck! Real men tie their own ties!'”. His dream? “Bridges aspires to attend the Parsons School of Design in New York. He would also like to expand and have his own clothing line by the time he is 20.” – via HuffPost.
Cecilia Cassini, dubbed the ‘Mozart of Fashion’, is only 15 years old and already designing for celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Sofia Vergera, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Osbourne and Heidi Klum. She started sewing her own clothes at the young age of 6, and by 10 was showing her clothing at LA trunk shows. Her clothing is now sold at Fred Segal Santa Monica. – via Huffpost.
She may be 22 now, but this fashionista debuted her first line in Milan and had more than 12 namesake stores in the US – all at by the age of 16. What’s more, she has already filed for bankruptcy when those stores hit hard economic times. Some might consider this a failure, I actually consider it a smashing success. Not only has this teenager been driven by her love for fashion and design, but she has already seen the ups and downs of what the fashion world can bring. She has since re-launched a new higher-end line, has a US store in Dallas, and is currently pursuing her MBA at Columbia University. See more of Kira Plastinina here.
Founder of Origami Owl, Bella Weems started the business with a simple dream – to get a car on her 16th birthday. After asking her parents at the age of 14, and learning that she needed to work for it, Origami Owl was born. This social selling jewelry business ended up growing from an after-school job to a multimillion dollar company. The car she bought? A white jeep.
At the age of 9 Melissa Jade Aiello started her own T-shirt label, Missy X. She draws celebrities that she finds interesting, including Karl Lagerfeld, Anna Wintour, John Galliano, and Donatella Versace. This 12 year old has been featured in VOGUE, in a Wiz khalifa video, and has worked as a correspondent interviewing designers at Fashion Shows. See more of Missy X here.
This 16 year old fashion designer started designing at the age of 12 and already has her own fashion empire. Her sophisticated street style was featured on the Today Show, and was showcased at Hollywood’s Top Designer in 2012. Although her line of clothes is for the more mature young adults, it is inspired by her European travels through Paris and London. You can see more of Courtney Allegra here.
Aren’t they amazing? It just goes to show you, anything is possible when you allow your children to follow their dreams.
So long as you are their number one cheerleader, and continue to help them navigate life with their feet on the ground.
TELL ME: What gifts have you started to see emerge in your young ones that you want to help cultivate?
I know for me – I see my eldest play the piano like a BOSS without even trying, and I believe my middle daughter is musically inclined as well with singing (she hears ever little detail in a song and tries to replicate it!). Who knows where it will end up, but I believe God gives us keys into our kids life to help unlock their potential. We just need to attune our ears to hear it, or open our eyes to see it!