Clothing designer at the age of seven

Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason.  Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM
Doncaster Free Press reporter Kate Mason. Picture: Liz Mockler D1594LM

Looking back at photographs of fashion disasters from my childhood always makes me smile.

Of course the frock horrors, helpfully captured on camera for all to see, are embarrassing but it’s like a rite of passage.

Children's fashion. Picture: PA Photo/Primark.

Children's fashion. Picture: PA Photo/Primark.

If you aren’t mocked by family members at least once a month for your shell suits, crop tops and other horrendous choices when the family albums are dusted off then there’s something not right.

But whilst the majority of us are either cursing our parents for putting us in some awful ensemble or questioning or own adolescent fashion choices seven-year-old Suri Cruise is launching her own fashion range.

Whilst many designers spend years studying and decades perfecting their craft fresh out of nursery little Suri is allegedly about to toddle into the world of fashion.

I doubt the child has even perfected the art of staying in the lines whilst colouring let alone designing her own range.

Nevertheless Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ daughter has reportedly signed a £1.5 million deal for her own line which I’m guessing she came up with the name for herself - Suri.

The tot was apparently set to have her own fashion blog but because she was speaking about specific designs a clothing line was felt to be a better fit.

And after a bit of crayoning the sketches are apparently set to be turned into a collection that will be available at a New York department store.

I know the youngster regularly tops the most stylish child celebrity list but her own range - really?

Harper Beckham best get a move on - she is nearly two.

I’m sure it must be every little girl’s fantasy to design their own range.

I spent many an hour with my fashion wheel when I was young making brass rubbing style sketches.

But unfortunately I was never given the chance to turn my creations into an actual range.

The nearest thing I got was stitching a few of my Barbie’s clothes and pegging them out on my hand made washing line.

Whilst it’s fun to play designer the thought of having your first official designing job at the age of seven is a bit bizarre.

Fair play to the youngster who has obviously impressed with her unique sense of style but I’m sure even Suri will be hiding behind a cushion cringing at the ensembles when she’s older like the rest of us.

Only time will tell if the mini mogul designer can cut it in the competitive world of fashion but in the meantime I’m sure old-school designers like Donatella Versace and Vivienne Westwood are practically quaking in their couture boots.