Christopher Abella


Meet Miami Beach International Fashion Week's 12-year-old designer Christopher Abella.


Maria Tettamanti

Christopher Abella may only be 12 years old, but the Miami local is showing his collection at the year's Miami Beach International Fashion Week. Read out Q&A with the wiz kid.

You are only 12 years old! How did you decide to become a designer?  I remember standing in my crib and watching my mother get ready for work. She would wear elegant suits and blouses and I remember thinking how beautiful she looked.  When I learned to hold a pencil, I began to draw. First I drew stick figures, very long skinny bodies.  Then, with private fashion design classes, I learned to draw the correct body measurements and fashion poses.

Describe your design aesthetic:  My design aesthetic can be described in one word — elegance.

Why is Miami Beach International Fashion Week so important to you? Miami Beach International Fashion Week is an important event in the Fashion world. I want to have my designs on the runway and show the world my God-given talent.  

Do you think your participation in Miami Beach International Fashion Week will precipitate into bigger things? I think my participation in Miami Beach International Fashion Week will bring attention to my talent and I hope it gives me the opportunity to identify a mentor that will want to hire me as a fashion designer.   

 Who is your favorite designer?  My favorite designer is Valentino.  I admire the style and elegance in his designs.

 You are a Miami native, how does this shape your vision?  Miami has so many beautiful women from all over the world.  I want to dress them in my elegant gowns and make Miami an international leader in fashion.


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