Being a bear of very little style, my children get most of their fashion sense from Groovy Girls and friends, most noticeably the daughters of my lovely arty real life friend Zoe (who has a mean art blog these days!) Zoe's girls have style in clothes and artistic ability and my girls love both theirchandmedowns and being inspired by them.
Recently Amelie, the only child of mine to spend more time per day doing her hair than breathing, has been much more taken with the idea of working with clothes as she gets older. I can see her in that industry to be honest as she does revel in a 'look' and she can draw. She's very excited about the possibility of us selling fabrics next year and desperate for me to sort out our sewing machine so she can dress make. I can at least teach her that, if not the drawing. (I shall send her to Zoe for that!)
So this week she decided to set up a fashion design workshop for herself. She gathered tools, books and inspiration and a willing younger sister and they started educating themselves on fashion through the ages.
This went on for hours and by the end of the day there was a huge sheaf of designs.
The yellow one is Josie's inspired by her memory of the girl in the back through time series who wore similar in the 60's. I love education like that. I just adore that she remembered and can put it into context, reproduce it, use the memory and the hook meaningfully.
And draw it of course.
After that they moved on to fabric design and spent some time drawing ideas for their own collection. I would love to have done this with them, though I might have spoiled the moment, but Bene was poorly and sad so they got on all day by themselves. It was lovely to hear it and help with little bits when I could. I'm looking forward to more of it.
When I was a young mum I did a fashion design course and really enjoyed it. Amelie fancies being a wardrobe mistress. I must make sure I encourage her.