MIAMI, Fla. (Ivanhoe Newswire) — When you think female fashion designers, you might picture Vera Wang or Donna Karen. Well there’s a teen fashionista out there who’s literally stealing the show. How’d she do it and what’s her advice to other young entrepreneurs? Details below!
Fashion Designer, Ariel Swedroe, has had a passion for fashion since she was pint-sized.
“I remember first grade when we had free time I would always sketch clothing,” Ariel told Ivanhoe.
At seven she started sewing camp and was inspired by her grandfather’s artwork.
“The colorful, beautifulness of it has always inspired me, and I knew that I wanted to incorporate it in my fashion career,” said Ariel.
Ariel had digital images from her grandfather’s collages made and reproduced onto fabric. Then she did a mini fashion show.
“That was the first time my grandfather saw his artwork onto clothing,” said Ariel.
“Very important time for me to understand how good she was at what she does,” said Robert Swedroe, Artist, Architect and Ariel’s grandfather.
The two decided to make it into a brand: Swedroe Art to Wear by Ariel. Then her line made it into trendy Miami Swim Week!
“There’s 23 pieces in the line and 12 different designs. There’s bathing suits, there’s one pieces, two pieces, and then there’s cover ups,” explained Ariel.
At age 13, she was the youngest designer there. Most were shocked when she came out on stage.
“She has no fear, she’s fearless,” said Robert Swedroe.
Ariel’s advice to other young people with a passion: “Do it now, get your name out there, and do what you want to do in life and don’t let anyone stop you.”
Ariel’s luxury clothing line is made of fine fabrics like 100% silk. Scarves start at $150 and custom made gowns start at $450. She and her grandfather are talking about starting a home décor and accessories line next. Ariel also recently traveled to Colombia to teach young teens and women there how to sew. For more information on her fashion line, check out swedroebyariel.com. Her grandfather’s artwork can be seen at swedroeart.com.
Contributors to this news report include: Janna Ross, Producer; Katie Campbell, Assistant Producer; Judy Reich, Videographer; Roque Correa, Editor.
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