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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.

  • 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 closes 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

Age: 14-18


Session I: July 3-July 16, 2022 (Sold Out*)

Two-week Session

Student Fashion Show: Saturday July 16, 2022 at 10:00am

Session II: July 17-July 30, 2022

Two-week Session

Student Fashion Show: Saturday July 30, 2022 at 10:00am

Tuition, room, and board: $3,380

Day student tuition: $1,980

Lab fee: $250

Enrollment limited to 12 students.
(Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students)

Kathryn Hagen (Session I & II)
Joyce Moy Byrne (Session I & II)

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