Fashion Icon Enlists Kiddies

Designer Westwood collaborates with 7-year-olds for Paris show
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 28, 2008 3:12 PM CST
Fashion designer Vivienne Westwood takes to the catwalk after her Fall-Winter 2008-2009 ready-to-wear collection presented in Paris. Her jacket was painted by 7-year-old eco-warriors she enlisted to...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Children proved the future indeed for Vivienne Westwood at this year's Paris Fashion Week, with the British designer enlisting three dozen 7-year-olds to help with her latest collection. The British schoolkids painted bugs, plants, and snakes on Westwood’s eco-minded show "Chaos Point," which took to the runway Monday, Reuters reports.

No child labor here, though—the kids went looking for Westwood, writing her after learning she was a "great artist" in class. Their hearts and pink butterflies met with Westwood's certainly grown-up vision for the show: freedom fighters warding off ecological disaster. Politics have long found their way into Westwood's work, which famously trumpeted the slogan "I am not a terrorist" in 2005.