Designers as young as five showcase creative clothing designs at charity event

PUBLISHED: 14:09 29 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:09 29 July 2013

Ula Latinskaite aged 5 with her fashion designs

Ula Latinskaite aged 5 with her fashion designs


Designers as young as five showcased their creative talents in a bid to raise money for a local charity.

The budding young Stella McCartneys and Alexander McQueens put their unique clothes and accessories on display at Dagenham Library on Saturday afternoon.

The event, attended by more than 100 people, was organised by charity Women of Substance (WOS) and included t-shirts created by Ula Latinskaite, aged five.

Morleen Okolonji, founder of WOS, said: “It’s very good to encourage them to be business minded at a very young age.

“I think its very important for them to learn skills that will help to change their mindset towards becoming their own bosses and becoming independent and more creative.”

More than £100 was raised towards the WOS Miss Barking and Dagenham contest, now in its second year, which begins in October and rewards beauty and substance.

Prizes at the event, sponsored by John Lewis, included a free half chicken from Nandos for the first 30 visitors and free photoshoot vouchers for the young designers from retailer La Mode London.

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