Frock, Paper, Scissors: Child Prodigy Wows the Fashion World.

Five-year-old “Mayhem” has brought a new twist to the time-honored play of dress-up and paper dolls. Dubbed a fashion prodigy by Glamour, Vogue, and most recently J. Crew, Mayhem first caught the attention of the style world through an Instagram account {@2sisters_angie} and blog maintained by her mother {fashionbymayhem.com}, Angie.

The phenom from Milford, Ohio, whose given name is Sydney Keiser, was nicknamed “Mayhem” by her mother after she donned a pink headband reminiscent of Dean Winters’ character in Allstate commercials. And for the immediate future, Sydney is continuing to wreak mayhem with her next project for Nintendo.  Working with tissue paper, colorful tape, and scissors, Mayhem has re-created iconic fashions, including Lupita Nyong’o’s red gown from the 2014 Golden Globe Awards, Katy Perry’s Valentino worn at the Academy Awards, and a Reem Acra that debuted at New York Fashion Week this fall.

Earlier in 2014, Vogue teamed up with Mayhem for the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. In a pre-Gala celebration, Mayhem unveiled her homage to Sarah Jessica Parker’s tartan Alexander McQueen gown, Jennifer Lopez’ fuschia Gucci, and Rihanna’s Dolce & Gabbana tuxedo. Impressed by Mayhem’s work, Crew Creative Director Jenna Lyons signed the wunderkind for a children’s line. The nine-piece collection of clothing, shoes, and accessories, called “Little Mayhem with J. Crew,” will launch as part of the company’s 2015 summer collection.

The Global Connections for Women foundation (GC4W) is delighted to write about Mayhem and we look forward to celebrating other talented young individuals. Share your stories with us on Twitter @GC4Women or via email at info@gc4women.org.

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