Daughter inspires clothes range

JO MOIR
Last updated 07:21 02/10/2012
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ANDY JACKSON
Sophia Lindsay with her daughter Frida Gardiner, 3, and her range of clothing for 1-5 year-olds.

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Sophia Lindsay had all the inspiration she needed for her children's clothing collection - her 3-year-old daughter Frida.

The New Plymouth mother has joined forces with the children's clothing store, Kitschy Koo, and has designed a clothing range for boys and girls aged 1 to 5 years.

Her daughter is her muse and also inspired the company's name, Frida and Fauna. "All the clothes I make is stuff I would like to see Frida in but can't buy," she said.

"They're tailored play clothes and loose fitting so will last for a few years of growth."

Each item is an original one-off and the style is both new and vintage.

On Sunday, Ms Lindsay held a fashion show in an empty shop in Devon St West, where more than 50 people turned up to admire her collection modelled by her daughter and other children.

The clothes will be in stock at Kitschy Koo from today and Ms Lindsay says she plans to try and make a new outfit each day. "I'll see how things go at the shop and if things go well and I need to get bigger I'll think about employing someone," she said.

Ms Lindsay is also known for her cake decorating skills. The 25-year- old fashion designer's partner is artist Mikaere Gardiner, who is heading to Austria this month, where he will take up a month-long artist's residence in a 14th-century castle.

"I'll be getting him to pick up some European fabric for me to add to the collection," she said.

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- Taranaki Daily News

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