Fashion Summer Program for High School Students
Why Take Fashion
Fashion is one of the first ways we learn to express ourselves and remains an important part of our identity throughout our lives. In this program, you'll learn how to bring the designs from your imagination, to paper, and then into real life—and blur the boundaries between clothing and wearable art. You'll master sewing skills, study famous designers, and develop your own cohesive fashion line.
What You'll Learn
During your time here, you will spend six hours per day studying fashion and creating works of wearable art. You'll master the basics of garment construction, study historical and contemporary fashion designers, and learn how to plan your ideas on paper. Then, you'll put your skills into practice by constructing a cohesive line of wearables. At the end of the session, you'll showcase your collection in a final show.
You will also:
- Learn how to communicate your ideas through fashion figure drawing, capturing proportion, movement, silhouettes, and details in a two-dimensional format
- Gain a strong understanding of sewing techniques and garment construction
- Explore the unique characteristics of a variety of materials and how they can be used to convey your artistic ideas
- Develop a visually cohesive fashion collection
You will also have the opportunity to attend virtual lectures, college presentations, and tutorials led by guest artists.
At the end of your session, you'll have the opportunity to showcase your collection in an end-of-session exhibition of your work.
If you're interested in studying other media, we invite you to explore our other summer programs: Advanced Drawing, Advanced Painting, and Visual Arts. If you're planning to apply to a college art program, you may wish to consider our Preparing a Portfolio for College Intensive. We are also home to the Arts Academy boarding high school, which offers a visual arts program for students in grades 9-12, as well as a post-graduate year.
Dow Center for Visual Arts
During your session, you will learn and create in the Dow Center for Visual Arts, one of the finest facilities dedicated to the study of the visual arts at the high school level. The 36,000 square-foot complex includes separate studios for drawing, painting, metalworking, ceramics, sculpture, photography, printmaking, digital arts, and fibers, as well as a gallery for student, staff, and faculty exhibitions.
Fashion program at Interlochen Arts Camp
"Even though I had a slight idea of what to do when I got here, the instructors have been really helpful in teaching me how I could explore those ideas to push it towards the more experimental, more interesting side rather than just normal clothes." - Ian, Fashion student