AN EIGHT-year-old from Crossgates will share the spotlight with the world's best designers when she shows off her own clothing range in London Fashion Week.

And joining Amelia Huston on the catwalk, which will be strolled by super models draped in weird and wonderful creations, will be 10 of her friends from the Zodiac School of Dance.

Appearing at the House of iKons London Fashion Week show on February 19 is a huge achievement for the youngster who started her SWAG HQ company during lockdown and already has dedicated followers of her fashions.

Proud mum Lauren Montgomery, 33, said: "We're not a big business, it's just a little eight-year-old girl and me who make some kids clothes for dancing, but we've had a lot of support and a lot of people now wear her designs.

"She's really excited about the London Fashion Show as it'll feature designers from around the world but the best thing is she's getting to share it with her friends that have supported her and modelled her clothes."

A competitive dancer since she was five, Amelia was runner-up in the UDO World Championships at under-six level in 2019, and took a keen interest in her solo outfits, finding her own style and using her own ideas.

Lauren said: "Amelia is very shy and withdrawn, she's had issues with anxiety but seems to flick a switch and become a different character when she's dancing.

"Zodiac gave her the confidence to be different, her clothing brand came from that, and that's why she wanted them to be part of the London show.

"She believes they're the best dancers for one thing – the talent is insane – but she also wants to give something back for all the help and encouragement they've given her."

Amelia, who splits her time between her two mums, Jayde Huston and Lauren, attends Echline Primary School in South Queensferry and also models for companies such as House of Juniors and Cotton Candy.

Keen on creating her own look and style, she persuaded her mum to launch the brand, coming up with original designs and printing them at home.

Lauren said: "Through lockdown she was home schooling, I was off work so we just ran with it. It's very streetwear-based.

"She kitted out a few of the kids on the dance circuit, others followed her journey and her creations on Instagram and asked if she could make them solo outfits too.

"It's gone from there. She'll customise her designs depending on what people ask for, she never makes the same one twice, and it promotes individuality.

"It encourages other people to be creative too and wear whatever they want to feel good."

Through her modelling, Amelia has already sashayed down the catwalk for a charity event in London.

Intrigued, Lauren approached House of iKons – which has shows in London, Dubai and Los Angeles with the aim of giving emerging talent a platform for their designs – looking for some general tips and advice.

But after forwarding on some of Amelia's designs and loving her story, the CEO called and said they wanted to see her on the runway for their prime time show.

Lauren said: "It's just incredible. We're so proud of her."

House of iKons posted on Facebook: "Now this is iKonic!

"Amelia an eight-year-old dance/streetwear designer for children and adults, and professional dancer (competed and won!) yes you read that right, her SWAG HQ brand will be exhibiting their collection as our grand finale afternoon show at the House of iKons Fashion Week London Show on February 19.

"SWAG HQ will be closing this show with a great iKonic BANG!"

The award-winning Zodiac School of Dance is based in Lochgelly and offers a variety of dance classes in street, commercial, lyrical, jazz, ballet and acrobatics.

Teacher Sophie Lister is helping to create the show for London and is in charge of the choreography.

Zodiac is run by Stacey Gunn who said: "Amelia is putting a twist on the fashion runway and has invited 10 of her dance friends from Zodiac to model her creations and bring a brand new concept that has never been done before to the London runway – we can’t say much more than that!

"The local dancers: Zac Gunn, Roxie Gunn, Elisse Anderson, Cerys Fleetham, Abbie Neilson, Kayla Graham, Freya Jamieson, Cerys Kelly, Ramsay Baxter and Ellis Small, are so excited to be travelling to London and can’t wait for this amazing opportunity!

"The dancers are working hard to fundraise to help with the cost of their trip.

"If any local companies are perhaps interested in sponsoring the group please get in touch with me on 07792612157."