Fashion is a mystery for so many grown-ups, let alone kids! We here at Little Red Fashion are on a mission to make fashion more accessible, more transparent, and more welcoming for everyone.
As part of that, we interview experts from fashion and beyond to talk about the advice they have for kids that want to explore their creativity through fashion and its adjacent fields. It takes a village to empower the next generation, and these wonderful people help make up our Little Red Village.
Here are just a few choice quotes from some of our Little Red Villagers from our first season (on Instagram) Season 2 pivots to a podcast format.
“I think you need to encourage them [creative kids], give them the tools, give them possibilities, you know, like, a big paper on the wall, all kinds of paintings and start playing don't demand the result. And they'll go with the flow and let them take over. And maybe that's something to talk to the kid or not. Maybe they will, like I played piano when I was I started playing piano when I was six years old, because I wanted. So those are things you choose, and the kids will rather play music. I think our our mission as parents is feed them the possibilities. Give them like handfuls of stuff.”
“When I was little, and I always wanted to see what was behind closed doors. I was always very curious about what is behind the door that says private? Maybe, maybe there was already signs, hey you have to go and work in a museum. I don't know. But no, I did an internship, of course, also, during my years at university, and I worked in a museum. So I think it's very important for kids as well to do as many internships as possible. And just go places and knock on doors and say, Do you need help? Because at our museum, we use a lot of volunteers. So, I mean, I think very, a lot of museums need all the help they can get. So just go there and ask and say, Hi, I'm here, I'm available. Can I do something for you? Can I help you? Or so that's how I got in.”
But my start with my grandmother wasn't embroidery, she was doing very fine crocheting. And she would crochet with very fine thread, almost like button twist, which is quite thin, awesome. And make these huge, tablecloths like, spectacular. And I would be there with my little scissors, I was three. And when she needed to change colors, because these were also multicolored, I'd be there to snip the thread. That was my, that's my job at three. But I think kids can start learning to use needles pretty quick… You know, there are kids who can easily handle something once they poked themselves once, and if there's just a tiny bit of blood, they'll figure it out. But I think just giving somebody a little piece of fabric with some pretty thread and just, you know, find out what you can stitch and it probably on the internet, there's like everything that you could possibly want to, you know, just start you off, but I'm sure there's books. I just don't know I'm sorry, I don't know.