11yo designer debuts runway creation at NZ Fashion Week

It's a school day but this 11-year-old Wellingtonian is wagging classes.

Jayda Lee's teachers note is pretty cool though; "sorry Miss but I'm front row at Fashion Week watching my winning design on the runway".

She's one of four talented young designers who won the Brother Design Star competition - hard fought by budding fashionistas across the country - and the youngest ever to show at fashion week.

It's fair to say Jayda Lee is quite excited.

"I was like... my mind... just blew," she told Newshub.

"I was so excited. I was going on a plane. My first time going on a plane, so basically I was like, sooo excited."

But if you think 11 is young to be thinking about career get this: she started thinking about it when she was four.

"I watched Americas Next Top Model and I was like that's interesting I want to be a model - but then I was like I don't want to be a model any more I want to be a fashion designer!"

Jayda Lee's said her inspiration for the winning design was a phoenix rising from flames.

"The model looks like a bird in flames  except beautiful."