Campbelltown fashion designer features on MTV VMAs red carpet

Priscilla Yarnelle Ale is proof that you are never too old to achieve your dreams.

The 39-year-old designer's Polynesian fashion label, E'vana Couture, started from humble beginnings and has now reached the world stage.

Ms Yarnelle Ale said she only started sewing after her Polynesian dance students needed costumes.

"I used to teach the Polynesian dance class at Minto Community Hall and I really wanted the outfits to look amazing," the Campbelltown resident said.

"I couldn't find anyone to sew for me so I went to a 12-week sewing course and made them myself.

"I had lots of great feedback and then people started asking me to make them custom outfits and I got so busy that I had to stop teaching the class."

Ms Yanelle Ale's creations have been featured on runways in Australia, Samoa and New Zealand - but that is just the beginning for this homegrown designer.

Superstar chereographer Parris Goebel, who has crafted dance routines for Jennifer Lopez, Rhianna and Justin Bieber, wore one of Ms Yanelle Ale's designs to the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs).

"It was so amazing," Ms Yanelle Ale said.

"Her sister reached out to me on Facebook and from there I spoke to her dad.

"I had a week to design and make the dress, I ended up making it in one day so that I could send it and hope that it would arrive on time."

Priscilla Yarnelle Ale's design worn by superstar chereographer Parris Goebel on the MTV VMA's blue carpet.

Priscilla Yarnelle Ale's design worn by superstar chereographer Parris Goebel on the MTV VMA's blue carpet.

The talented local said the sky was the limit from that point on.

"My follows on Instagram went up, I was getting invites to do New York and Paris Fashion Weeks," Ms Yanelle Ale said.

"That's when I decided I needed more education than just a 12-week sewing course."

Ms Yanelle Ale is currently undertaking the Diploma of Applied Fashion Design and Merchandising course at TAFE NSW's Lidcombe campus.

"I decided to do the course so that when I do go to those events I will be able to talk fashion," she said.

"When I meant people I'll be able to speak the same language."

Ms Yanelle Ale said her designs were inspired by her Samoan heritage.

"I use a lot of cultural accessories in my designs so I like to call it couture," she said.

"I love couture fashion and I just love my culture - I love going back to the islands and walking through the markets to see all of the cultural accessories."

Ms Yanelle Ale said she admired designers like Georgio Armani, Alexander McQueen and Christian Dior.

"I really admire Armani because he started his career at 40," she said.

"I've faced a lot of hurdles in my life but I didn't want to stop - and I never have.

"You just never know where you might end up."

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