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No hand-me-downs for Suri: Katie Holmes lets 4-year-old daughter design her own clothes

New York Daily News
By Christina Boyle

She's the little girl that could have everything, but Suri Cruise prefers to design her own clothes.

In a rare interview, mom Katie Holmes gives a glimpse into domestic bliss at her household with Tom Cruise, describing how she lets her 4-year-old daughter pick out and craft her own outfits.

"I grew up the youngest of five, so there were a lot of hand-me-downs that I would sort of change up," Holmes, 31, tells this week's issue of New York magazine.

"And Suri and I do that now with her clothes. Or rather, she does it. She says, 'I want this sleeve cut,' and it's like, 'Okay, we'll cut it.' She picks out all of her own clothes and has since she was one-and-a-half."

Suri is often described as one of the best-dressed celebrity kids, and the "Dawson's Creek" star reveals that mom and daughter deserve all the credit.

"I started making clothes for Suri when she was born, designing dresses, and then having seamstresses sew them, because I don't sew very well," Holmes says. "As a child, I was always drawing clothes, and I've always loved fabrics, and when Suri was born, I wanted to have certain things be from me and created just by me for her."

Suri's style sense is rubbing off on mom, too.

"Tom and I went to the Met ball a couple of years ago, and I had this beautiful red gown and these royal-blue shoes that I wasn't planning on wearing, but Suri made me put them on and so I was like, 'Okay, I trust you.'"