Fashion Makers Camp teaches girls about fashion design, history and production – Columbia Missourian

COLUMBIA — Emily Burns, 12, and her mom woke up earlier than daybreak each day this week so Emily might get an early begin on her dream of being a fashion designer.

Stephens Faculty hosted every week-lengthy Fashion Makers Camp for girls ages 11 by way of 14. Since Monday, the girls have progressed from dyeing tote luggage to creating their very own dirndl skirts, a round minimize skirt impressed by peasants within the Alps that gathers on the waist and falls just under the knee.

Along with studying how you can craft clothes, the campers have visited Stephens Historic Costume Gallery, toured the fashion show and discovered about the fashion business. Thursday, the girls had been making ready to mannequin the clothes they made for a fashion present, scheduled for two p.m. Friday.

Inside Stephens' Catherine Webb Studio, six stitching machines hummed whereas girls pushed material below the presser foot, remodeling material into skirts.

Burns, one among six girls in this system, has to rise up every day by 5 a.m. with a purpose to drive along with her mom from Lebanon, Missouri, for the camp. She mentioned she has at all times needed to be a fashion designer and has dreamed of going to high school at Stephens for the previous 4 years. When she heard about the Fashion Makers Camp, she begged her mother for weeks to let her attend.

It wasn't the primary artwork camp expertise for Riley McCubbin, 13. She not too long ago attended a images camp at Stephens and will spend the following few weeks at a volleyball camp at MU. Though this was meant to be her free week, Riley mentioned she needed to come back as a result of she's obsessive about clothes and type. She mentioned her favourite a part of the camp has been lunch and stitching pouches. She held up one pouch she stitched, laughing on the zipper that doesn’t work.

“It’s type of a failure, nevertheless it was my first one. The opposite one I sewed really works,” Riley mentioned.

Lisa Lenoir, assistant professor of fashion communications at Stephens, developed the camp to not solely have interaction girls within the artistic technique of sketching and designing but in addition to show them about the fashion business and history.

“I needed to reveal them to what fashion is all about, each the talents concerned and the concepts behind it in order that they’ll be effectively-knowledgeable,” Lenoir mentioned.

Lenoir’s curiosity in fashion developed at a younger age, as she watched her mom making clothes. As an alternative of turning into a designer, she determined to jot down about fashion.

“Fashion itself is a communication system,” she mentioned. "Exposing these girls to such a various world will depart an incredible influence on them for years to come back."

One lasting influence was on their tote luggage, bearing quotes from fashion icon and Vogue editor Anna Wintour: "Why slot in while you had been born to face out."

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