5-Year-Old Re-Creates Stunning Runway Looks With Household Materials

5-Year-Old Re-Creates Stunning Runway Looks With Household Materials

As a kid, taking a spin in your mom’s funkiest heels or using the bed sheet as a billowing gown are part of your average dress-up event. No matter your tools of disguise, it’s a treat to act like a character bigger and bolder than your child self.

While most kids slap together silly outfits or store-bought princess costumes, one mom got super involved in her daughter’s games of make believe. When her child showed an interest in high fashion and red carpet gowns, mama picked up her crafting scissors and played paparazzi…

Alya Chaglar, multimedia artist and mom extraordinaire, had an obvious knack for recognizing beauty in simple things. It’s a gift she shared with her young daughter, Stefani.

For instance, one day, while snacking on a juicy slice of watermelon, Alya made an amusing discovery. When she raised her melon at the right angle, it looked as if Stefani, a giggly 2 year old at the time, was wearing a whimsical fruity dress!

Mother and daughter got a good chuckle out of their accidental optical-illusion garment. “She struck a pose spontaneously,” Alya recalled, “and her facial expression was hilarious.” The incident inspired Alya’s artistic mind. They tried some other produce.

From fruits and veggies, they moved on to frocks composed of delicate flowers. While these shoots were just a fun game of “dress up” for a mama and her little girl, Alya knew their pictures were something special. So she shared them online.

From her first post of Stefani in the quirky makeshift dresses, Alya’s social media blew up. Recognizing the demand for her and her daughter’s creativity, she created an Instagram page to chronicle their new favorite hobby.

Their creative photo shoots, sparked when Stefani was in an “artistic mood,” quickly developed into attempts to tackle other looks made out of everyday materials before turning into something more…

“One day, I came across a photo of Rihanna in a blue Molly Goddard gown and decided to repeat her fashion look for my daughter,” Alya said. A few ruched plastic bags, a stapler, and heaps of sass later, the duo’s first re-creation was complete!

Soon, fruit and vegetables were in the rearview as Alya and Stefani — now five years old — pursued red carpet and runway re-creations. Before too long at all, they realized they’d struck upon the idea of a lifetime. But see for yourself!

Stefani accessorized her adaptation of this runway creation perfectly — with a big smile. Down to the paper made bows on the shoes, Alya and Stefani nailed the look. To be fair, the designer might have composed their garment out of paper colored with crayons, too.

As Tyra Banks once preached, it’s all in the smize. Alysa outdid herself with this sculptural craft paper look. Still, it might not hold up to a 360 red carpet glam cam the same way Cardi B’s VMA look did.

Spot the difference: One costs thousands of dollars and iron clad nerve to parade around in. The other, also gutsy, is pretty close to a carbon copy and totally free of charge. Eyebrows included.

It’s no wonder Ayla and Stefani couldn’t resist the Barbie-chic power suit Cardi B donned on her birthday in 2018. Cardi’s hat defied gravity, but Stefani’s could be a work of magic.

Cinderella, step aside. Little Stefani has taken the slipper. Now Alya could have bought some feathers from a craft store to re-create this Katy Perry look, but that’s not her style. Several snips of tissue paper achieved a similar look.

How can you not crack a smile when toting around a head? Alya found an opportunity to join in on the fun for this snapshot recreating a bizarre runway getup. After all, this pastime was truly about a mom and her little girl enjoying a nice giggle.

Va va voom! This level of attention to detail would seem to take days to produce, but Alya said each one of their pet projects took no more than 10-30 minutes to craft  from start to finish. 

For a five-year-old, Stefani could give a top model a run for their money! Crumpled up newspapers — and an identical pose — produced the same effect as Selena Gomez’s flouncy look by Irina Shabayeva.

Clearly, someone was meant to strut down the red carpet and pose for the cameras. For the time being, though, Stefani reached a wide audience with her slew of Instagram fans.

It’s almost like these fashion designers knew a kid would be copy catting their looks and did her some favors. Alya deserves some credit, since she made smart choices for which outfits to consider crafting. The squiggle down Stefani’s leg was the perfect touch.

Queen Nicki isn’t a fan of being copied, but she would have to give props to Stefani for this one. With a bit of love and healthy dose of vision, what was once some leftover Christmas decor became a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

Looking sharp, Stefani! No really, be careful of paper cuts. This impressive Edward Scissorhands style outfit isn’t exactly ready to wear around the playground, but it made for a striking selfie nonetheless.

Rihanna’s daring, but equally fun fashion choices make her a frequent favorite on Stefani’s feed. Lots of her playful looks translated easily to children’s clothes, just like this Elle Woods-esque pink number.

Ballerinas are elegant, graceful, and understated. Who knew that could be achieved with cardboard! Alya cracked the code on turning the roughest material possible into a sweet structured look.

Stefani gets a gold star for modeling her heart out in this shiny gown; heck, let’s give a gold star for mom, too. Jennifer Lawrence tried to resemble an Oscar statute at the last Academy Awards but we know the real winner of who wore it best…

Another Katy Perry look posed some DIY difficulties, but strips of brown paper and aluminum foil worked like a charm! Stefani’s composed face didn’t get the memo that her outfit might be the scratchiest ever designed.

In her post for this look, Alya quoted the legendary Franco Moschino: “I married fashion — and it has been a good wife.” Good thing Stefani has a long way to go before thinking about marriage, but her love for all things style is already obvious.

Most little girls play dress up in Disney Princess gowns. Stefani, not so much. When she’s not flaunting whipped-up versions of celebrity duds, she tries experimental garments. How many five-year-olds can say they’ve worked a silver skull cap? Probably just one.

From pretending to wear floral bouquets to carefully crafting one out of paper, Stefani and her mom’s passion project knows no bounds. Either way, she rocks both looks and builds confidence with her mom cheering her on.

Silver, gold, no matter the gown, Stefani never backed down. It takes a big personality to feel comfortable in a show-stopping dress — and she pulled it off before first grade!

To quote the Rihanna bop,”Work! Work! Work! Work! Work! Work!” Stefani channeled her inner mogul when she reinvented the belted trench dress. For a RiRi look, she had to pull out all the stops. 

Someone break the news to Naomi Watts that her darling pink moment was snatched by a child. Well, even if Stefani didn’t pull off a secret spy mission to get the same dress, it’s nearly impossible to tell her re-creation is made of paper. Bravo, Mom!

The antidote to seasonal depression is a healthy dose of sunshine — or seeing an adorable little girl dressed to the nines. Stefani was a vision in her Rita Ora-inspired dress, and it’s certain she felt as warm and sunny as she looked.

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