Design, style, and accessorize clothes with this fun guide full of practical fashion design ideas for kids.Draw and colo...
Fun. Inclusive. Colourful. Inspiring. Expressive.
Earrings. Sunglasses. Houseplants.
Both! Especially in black and white.
The process for writing How to Be a Fashion Designer happened super fast! This past summer I was teaching teen fashion courses at The Metropolitan Museum and The Parsons School of Design, so my mornings, evenings, and weekends were spent writing. I took lots of field trips with friends to find inspiration. For example, the “at the beach” section of the book was written at my friend Nomi’s beach house out on Long Island, and I wrote “dress like an Ancient Egyptian” while touring the Egyptian galleries at The MET on my lunch breaks.
The hardest part of writing How to Be a Fashion Designer was narrowing down the content. It was really a task of picking what would be most visual and lively for a young audience. Thank goodness for a wonderful editor!
Fashion is fun for kids because everything is fresh and new. They do not mind if something may be cringe-worthy, as long as they like it and it feels comfortable. Times have changed from when I was growing up, when everyone just wanted to blend in. Today, kids with style stand out and are admired for their ability to be bold and different. Plus, the stylescape is opening up and there are many cool new unisex brands for kids to wear. This is exciting too!
I do! My favourite spread in How to Be a Fashion Designer is Outlines, because there is a visual rhythm to the color-blocked clothes on the dolls. Also, silhouette is my favourite element of design to experiment with. I am always trying to change it up, so if you see me I might be wearing one, or all three, of these outlines at the same time.