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Fashion Design Intensive (Two Sessions Available)

*Session II is still accepting students. Enroll now to ensure your spot!

Immerse yourself in a thorough introduction to the exciting world of fashion design. This inspiring summer art camp is for all students interested in fashion, with or without previous sewing experience.

You will explore the world of fashion, experiencing the process of designing collections as you create projects reflecting your individual aesthetic. Your instructors will bring their professional experiences into the classroom, covering diverse aspects such as fashion history, textiles, and the business intricacies of this fast-paced and dynamic industry.

You will participate in a wide range of activities, including creating concept boards and color palettes, selecting fabrics and trim, designing mini collections within specific themes, sketching from live models, cutting and sewing original garments, and styling and staging a fashion show.

The session also includes a field trip opportunity for students to experience the professional fashion industry. Previous field trips have included touring large company headquarters (Juicy Couture, BCBG), small design studios (Cerre), major designer retail stores (Opening Ceremony), fashion design schools (Woodbury University), and fashion exhibits (FIDM, BCBG).

Your lab fee includes fabric and trims, vintage garments, color swatches, field trip, etc.

Fashion design workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been designing for years.

Students will be asked to submit a portfolio and brief survey on their experience and interest closer to the start of the program. Students who do not have examples of work will be asked to complete the survey only. Portfolio work can include examples of drawing/renderings, stitch work and/or full garments.

  • One sewing kit: Your sewing kit should include a decent pair of fabric scissors, a stitch/seam ripper, a thimble, a packet of sewing needles, straight pins, paper scissors, a glue stick, and a ruler – please have these in a container/box/basket of some kind that can be closed and protects you from the sharp-pointed objects!
  • Five white shirts (men’s or women’s) that you find and purchase at a thrift shop. You will be using these shirts in a project that you will create so be ready to tear them apart! Do not spend more than $5 to $8 per shirt! Choose ones that have nice feeling fabric (preferably cotton and cotton blends)– we will discuss materials in class. If you can find shirts with interesting details, that would be wonderful! HINT: The bigger the shirt, the more fabric you will have to work with! Plain men’s dress shirts are perfect!
  • Create a Pinterest account (if you have not done so already) and create a special Idyllwild fashion board. Please name it as follows: Idyllwild Fashion-’20_ last name,first name.
  • Please include the following found/searched images on your Pinterest board: 

(You can bring hard copies if you are not comfortable on Pinterest.)

Ten photo images of clothing designs that represent your aesthetic and be ready to talk about them.
– Five non-fashion images that you find inspiring. These can be artwork, objects, architecture, etc.
– Any fashion sketches that you have done yourself. This is not a requirement, but we would love to see what you have done if applicable.
– Three fashion illustrations from illustrators that inspire you stylistically

14 – 17

Session I:
July 2 – July 15, 2023
Two week session

Session II:
July 16 – July 29, 2023
Two week session

Student Fashion Show
Session I:
Saturday July, 15, 2023

Session II:
Saturday July, 29, 2023

Times and locations TBD

Tuition, Room and Board

Day Student Tuition

Lab Fee
$250 (includes trip to purchase fabric & materials)

Health & Safety Fee

Enrollment Capacity
12 students
Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students


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