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Crayola Experience hosts tomorrow's fashionistas

VIDEO: Crayola Experience fashion show

EASTON, Pa. - The newest up-and-coming fashion designers in the Lehigh Valley are talented, determined, and making big waves across the industry -- even if they have to do it all before bedtime.

You could say it's a short walk down the runway but a big step for these aspiring young designers.

"I liked arts and crafts, so I started sewing and knitting and doing stuff like that," begins 11-year-old designer Teagan Walsh.

There are dozens of young designers with that same creative thread, weaving ideas in the back of their minds, so some of them ended up in the perfect place - the Crayola Experience in Easton - where they host a fashion show every year.

"The talent, the energy that these kids bring, the enthusiasm! They really, really love it," smiles Kristy Martin, Marketing and Sales Manager at Crayola Experience, Easton.

The show is a competition - clothes worn by kids are designed by kids - with all the proceeds benefiting the Special Olympics.

Each designer had to come up with 4 different looks, but, it is Crayola, after all, so each design had to be based on a color from the iconic 64-count box.

"The colors, I like the colors!" nine-year-old designer Chelsea Henry tells us. She also explains the creative process for one of her runway outfits - a felt dragon, complete with shiny tail.

"I got felt, and then I got cardboard and made a tail," she says, walking us through.

Kristy shakes her head,"I don't know how they do it! I mean it, I don't know how they do it!"

The winner, Marcy Fiorentino, received an internship with a designer in New York City.

She told us she loves designing, but if this doesn't work out, she's got a backup plan - several, actually.

"I also want to be a movie director, an author,  a video game creator, and lots of stuff," Marcy explains.

And if that is any indication of what we can expect from tomorrow's fashion designers...then color us impressed. 


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