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Move over Versace,?Cavalli, here we come

May 30, 2014

KG students walk the ramp in self-designed clothes

There's a new batch of designers in town and they're making their mark on the fashion world, all from the confines of their classroom.

Mimicking the struts and poses of some of fashion's most well-recognised models, The Children's Garden (TCG) Barsha auditorium was taken over by KG1 and 2 students on Wednesday afternoon during a catwalk show which saw them sashay down the runway wearing self-designed clothing.

In collaboration with fashion designer Omar Ponsot, whose son is a student at the school, the idea of partnering up with the 4-6-year-olds to produce a children's fashion line came about after he saw their artistic potential.

"It all started when I saw the children's paintings. I was so captivated by them and just thought they were so pure," Ponsot told Khaleej Times.

And the decision to hand all the creative responsibility over to the kids came soon after, he said.

Together with their art teacher Idil Koseoglu, the children spent about three months designing the colourful prints, taking inspiration from fashion icons and artists including Ted Harrison and Jackson Pollock, before Ponsot transferred them onto the garments.

With some outfits now due to fetch as much as Dh1,000 per piece — with all proceeds donated to supporting kids with cancer — Koseoglu said the blood, sweat and tears were well worth it following Wednesday's exclusive 'Little Stars, Big Talents' reveal at the school.

"When Omar came to us with the idea, we were very proud. The children should be so proud of what they have achieved."

And following the hour-long show on Wednesday where the 84 students turned TCG into a temporary fashion capital, rivalling the likes of New York, Paris and London, this Khaleej Times reporter was given a dressing down in terms of style by the mini fashionistas.

"I think you should add some paint to your clothes. You need more colour," 6-year-old Sophia advised, donning a long, white dress.

"If it was me, I would turn your dress into something like this," 5-year-old Scarlett said pointing to her two-piece skirt and top.

Take a look through the collection at:, Instagram: @littlestarsbigtalents or on Facebook: Little Stars Big Talents.


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Source: Khaleej Times (United Arab Emirates)

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