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Fashion Camp Follow-up!

August 12, 2011

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What a fabulous summer we’ve had in the studio.  A big part of the fun we’ve had was our Fashion Design Camp.  As part of the Oak Park Arts District Summer Intensive Art Camp program, Germaine Caprio of Majamas and Pamela Penney spent each morning for a week with a group of young designers showing them a behind the scenes experience of the local fashion industry.  Each morning the students spent time in the backroom at Majamas creating their own “brand and label” design, selecting their target market, pulling together inspiration boards,designing and drawing their own line of garments, then pricing and calculating the wholesale price of each design based upon their selected fabrics.  The other half of the morning each day was spent with Textile Designer, Pamela Penney.  With Pam they learned the art of hand-dying fabric, painting and embellishing. Once they had created their custom art fabric yardage, they draped and cut, designed and sewed a one-of-a-kind wearable art garment.  Each student had a vision from strapless sundresses to flouncy skirts.  And each produced a final design in a matter of just a few days.  They seemed ready to jump into a world of speedy deadlines!

It was so much fun to see the excitement when the students saw their designs come to life. On the last day of camp the young designers presented their final designs just like the professionals!

During the camp planning it was joked that maybe it should be titled “Dream Busters” camp.  (If they see the reality of the behind the scenes, they might be scared away from the fashion world.)  In reality Germaine and Pam saw the joy of the fashion world reflected in the students work,which provided fresh inspiration and renewed joy in the work they do every day.  Stay tuned for Fashion Design Camp 2012.  Plans are already in the “design phase”!!!

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