What were your interests at nine years of age? You’ll probably say you were busy playing toys and video games, watching funny videos online, or exploring the neighborhood.
After all, not many kids can say they were busy making their own clothes from a sewing machine given by Vera Wang, one of the world’s most famous and successful fashion designers.
Kaia Aragon is a 9-year-old girl from Colorado who’s been making waves in the fashion world and going viral on TikTok. Tonya, her mom, posted her first fashion creation to TikTok and it received over 1.2 million hits.
But this isn’t something that happened overnight. Kaia’s mom has taught her how to sew since she was five.
Tonya bought Kaia a sewing machine in 2020 and taught Kaia how to use it. But other than her basic knowledge of making simple blankets and quilts, Tonya couldn’t teach Kaia anything more than that.
Kaia first made a bed to house her kitten. Then she created a wallet and transitioned to making clothes. With her black T-shirt dress and orange fox prints, she blew everyone away. The rest is history, they say.
Kaia began to take fashion design more seriously. Last January, Kaia’s pink and black dress that her mom posted online received over 14.3 million views on TikTok. Kaia has a lot of original designs and they fill up her closet.
Aside from having the eye and the talent for fashion even at such a young age, Kaia doesn’t have any challenges finding inspiration.
She is inspired by everything. She once designed a colorful, sleeveless Encanto-inspired dress that received over a million TikTok hits.
Even Nick Verreos of “Project Runway” dropped a challenge for Kaia to create a figure skating-inspired outfit. She created a dress featuring a sparkly skirt with a pink bodice and it looked incredible on her.
Most designers begin with a sketch. Kaia usually picks a fabric first.
Kaia loves anything soft and stretchy. Kaia will continue to choose the material that feels good even though it is beautiful.
And according to the little designer, she’s always been a fan of unique outfits. Even though the outfits may not look good together, she always looks great once she has tried it on.
As Kaia continued to be more adventurous and creative with her designs, she couldn’t help but catch the attention of fashion designer Vera Wang.
The famous designer sent her a sewing machine, a backpack and a handwritten note to wish her luck in her dream of being a fashion designer.
Kaia admitted that she didn’t know Vera Wang before receiving the gift. But now, she’s been obsessed with the designer and has the handwritten note framed and hung on her bedroom wall to inspire her.
Tonya has been watching tutorials on YouTube to help Kaia with her new skills and techniques. And even though she’s already had a taste of success and fame, Kaia has her feet planted firmly on the ground.
Kaia has big plans for the future. Definitely! One of Kaia’s dreams is to design a look for Zendaya, one of her favorite celebrities.
She also hopes to attend the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising and open a big fashion business together with her best friend.
The young designer is currently busy with other projects, including making a skirt from a 1983 wedding dress, which was sent by one of her TikTok followers.
She also designed something to give her siblings and friends at the local Renaissance fair. This young talent is bound for great things.
Follow her Instagram to see more of the amazing work of this young designer. Here.