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Designer Camp

Sign up for The New England Fashion + Design Association weekly fashion camps

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What It Is:

The fashion camp consists of seven one-week sessions, and each session is about 20 hours per week. Students learn how to sew, draw, and how to make and drape patterns. According to owner and teacher, Irina Simeonova, participants create a sketch of something they want to make at the beginning of the week, and they spend the rest of the session creating it.

“Everybody is doing something personal,” she explained.

Who Teaches:

Simeonova, who has been teaching at Parsons for the last 11 years, teaches all the sessions. However, she does invite special guest teachers depending on the topics. Her guest teachers are graduate students from her classes at Parsons or industry insiders.

Fans of Project Runway take note because Project Runway semi-finalist, Layana Aguilar will speak at one of the sessions. Aguilar is one of Simeonova’s former students.

fashion lab summer camp norwalk ctWho Signs Up:

The camp is open to a variety of ages. The youngest participants are 9 years old, and the eldest tend to be women in their early 20s. “The beauty of this program is that it’s not age related. When you get people in the room with similar interests, they work together very well,” Simeonova said.

Where It's Located:

The sessions are located at both the SONO location and the Hartford location. It’s also worth noting that some sessions incorporate a field trip to NYC. Past field trips have included trips to the fabric store Mood, the Costume Institute at The Met and the FIT Museum.

When It's Offered:

The first weekly session started on June 23 and continue on a weekly basis. The last session begins on Monday, August 4. Participants are able to sign up for as many sessions as they want. Simeonova notes that there is a discount if you sign up for more than one session. The price for one session is $375.

Why Should You Sign Up:

Besides learning all the skills a fashion designer needs, Simeonova, also tries to organize trunk shows at Wishlist. The trunk shows give campers the opportunity to sell their products and learn a little bit about the business side of the industry.

“The kids are phenomenal. They chase people and invite them to the tables, so that people can see what they made. Everybody loves them, the business is good,” she said with a chuckle.

Spaces are still available

New England Fashion + Design Association

24B Monroe Street, Norwalk; 203-345-0030



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