ST. PETERSBURG, Fla — Age is only a quantity, particularly for 15-year-old Connor Totten, a neighborhood dressmaker.
He realized the way to sew from his grandma on the age of 10, “It was kind of like an explosion of creativity; all the things simply began sparking,” he stated of the expertise.
After that, Totten was hooked. He started stitching and making garments.
“I really acquired to the purpose the place she couldn’t train me what I wished to do anymore. So I began instructing myself,” he stated.
Totten has been determining who he’s personally and artistically, and it’s occurring quick.
Simply three years in the past, he had his first style present on the age of 12. His buddies and mom strutted the stage within the garments he designed and made.
“It’s actually fulfilling seeing them put on one thing I’ve made after which being pleased and having fun with themselves in it,” he stated.
He hopes to in the future gown some well-known stars too.
“The primary few that come to thoughts are like Rihanna, Woman Gaga,” he stated.
He has to graduate highschool first, which is a part of his plan, after which it’s on to style college.
“Right here, I’ve a deconstructed blazer and a mermaid fashion wire gown,” Totten stated as he held up certainly one of his designs for his Spring 2021 line.
For his fifth style present, his designs are impressed by Adam and Eve.
“They’ll be strolling out right here on the patio,” he stated, exhibiting me the place the fashions will stroll the runway. “It’s all about being drawn to what’s not good for you and the way that may have an effect on your psychological state and the way you current your self.”
Cash raised by the occasion will go to Bounce for Children FL, a gaggle aimed toward serving to children perceive the significance of health and vitamin.
“If we are able to construct a basis for the kids once they get into highschool or once they’re younger adults, they’ll be extra lively and more healthy,” stated Jeff Pope, President of the group.
Pope has recognized Totten for years now. He says the concept for his first style present got here from a gown Totten made for his trainer when he was in fifth grade.
“It’s very thrilling to observe Connor develop up into the younger man he’s now,” he stated.
Pope says that due to COVID, they haven’t been capable of get into colleges for private coaching recently. Within the meantime, they’re donating work-out tools to varsities in Pinellas county.
In case you’d like to observe the style present, it’ll be streamed on the Bounce For Children FL Fb web page.