Zahra makes it big in world of international fashion aged just 18

Zahra Rose
Zahra Rose

A TALENTED student is enjoying the intensity and excitement of the international fashion circuit – and she is just 18 years old.

Zahra Rose has just taken part in Dubai fashion week with her clothes modelled on the catwalk and she is back and buzzing with ideas for the future.

She has received three job offers, designer offers for design calibration, model requests, and been asked to take part in India’s fashion and culture week this month.

Zahra, who lives in Filsham Road in St Leonards, said: “I hope to have a breakthrough in the creative world, and just have local people be inspired because of what I do would be a dream come true.

“I’d love to participate in more fashion shows globally, and I hope to find a way of funding my travels shortly.”

She applied to take part in Dubai fashion week months ago and was stunned to be chosen out of some 250 designers.

Her plans took a knock-back when she realised she would have to find funding for the trip herself, but by coincidence a painting of hers was nominated for an award and then chosen as winner by Antony Penrose, the son of photographer Lee Miller and artist Roland Penrose.

Antony made a contribution to her trip to Dubai, as did Karen Hucker of Bexhill College and art teacher Julie Clark, and she raised further funds through local organisation Believe, and was helped also by Hastings College. Zahra said of her time in Dubai: “I went to the launch party which was amazing.

The catwalk was turned into sand dunes with traditional dancers and eagles.

As I was sitting there amazed, none other than two of my dresses appeared on the catwalk. I was so surprised.”