It seems like right now fashion really does not have an age limit . All little girls love to play dress up and even make clothes for their dolls but “Fashion Designer”, “Fashion Writer” by the age of 11? Is the fashion world going a bit too far with all this?
One new designer on the scene is not only still in elementary school, but her age is barely in the double digits. According to LA Times, at just 10 years old, Cecilia Cassini is apparently one of the hottest emerging fashion designers of the season. Frankly this seems like a case of too much too soon.
In just the fifth grade, Cecilia Cassini designs and sews a line of girls clothing for kids her own age. She has been slowly gaining popularity, but is now grabbing big headlines in the fashion news world. Cecilia recently held a trunk show at Fred Segal and was invited to New York Fashion Week with a camera crew following her every move. She even appeared on the Today Show this week promoting her line.
Speaking of kids being involved in the fashion world, everyone knows of 13 year old fashion blogger Tavi Gevinson. Tavi’s has been the talk of the fashion industry. This tiny fashionista has been blogging since the age of 11 and has even helped Rodarte launch their recent line for Target. Taken out of school to attend, she has a front row seat at many major fashion designers runway shows.
Whilst no one is disputing the children’s genuine love for fashion, the fact is that they do have time, decades ahead of them to pursue their passions. Shouldn’t they be allowed to grow up a little first before being thrown to the media circus as they are now? At such a young age wouldn’t their time be better spent in school, or playing with their friends or even making clothes for their friends and dolls …for fun? What happened to dressing Barbie and making doll clothes?
“The bar is so much higher today in terms of shock value,” says Kit Yarrow, chairman of the department of psychology at Golden Gate University, and co-author of “Gen BuY: How Tweens, Teens and Twenty-Somethings are Revolutionizing Retail.” “An 18-year-old starting a company is not that interesting anymore. Now you have to be 8 or 10 to be newsworthy and captivating.” LA Times.
Watch this interview with 10 year old Cecilia Cassini where you can see what we are talking about in the ‘commentary’ of the little girls on their outfits.