About a dozen middle school girls are learning the basics of fashion and design on campus this week, part of the annual Stephens Fashion Camp.
So far, participants have studied colors, fabrics and textures, learning how to sketch fur, lace and ruffles. They also designed original monograms, which faculty members then made using monogram machines. Those will be attached to tote bags the students are sewing, said Monica McMurry, dean of the School of Fashion and Design.
The camp, part of Columbia Public Schools’ SUNsations program, is a two-week camp that aims to give girls a taste of the fashion industry. In addition to using sewing machines, participants have several opportunities to sketch and design.
Yesterday, they were given pre-drawn silhouettes, giving them a starting point to design garments. Students will be challenged to draw a figure based on a live model during the second half of the program.
Students are also studying the history of fashion, creating a timeline of trends throughout the decades. Today, they’re visiting the Costume Museum and Research Library to see examples of some of those trends.
The camp also includes visits to downtown shops to let students see how runway trends translate into commercial apparel.
Next week, students will create mood boards, which will set the inspiration for their final original designs.
All of their creations will be on display in the afternoon on Friday, June 20, in the Davis Art Gallery.
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