11yo plans entry on fashion week

She’s the 11-year-old who made local news last year, being the youngest participant in the first-ever PNG Fashion Week’s weeklong workshop.

Among women who were much older than her, young Adrea Wesley’s interest in clothes design proved that fashion is an industry with so much life and potential.

This year, she has resurfaced with news that she hopes to showcase her designs on the stage of PNG Fashion Week 2017.

Andrea wishes to pursue this goal after she was challenged by the founder of Pacific Runway Fashion, Failepou Peni, an invited guest to the fashion week 2016.

Andrea’s mother, Colleen Wesley, confirmed with Loop PNG that her daughter has already drawn some designs but has been advised by Peni to try out children’s clothes.

“Fayee (Failepou) just emailed me on Tuesday and said that she wants Andrea to concentrate on small children's clothes so Andrea will try design those and we are trying to get her to learn sewing. Hopefully things work out and we will be prepared for this year's fashion show…cross my fingers and praying hard,” Colleen told Loop.

Andrea and her supportive mother have been in contact with the founder of Pacific Runway Fashion, Failepou Peni, and founder of PNG Fashion Week Janet Sios, to see her dreams come true.


Gloria Bauai