NEW YORK, April 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The retail fashion industry has changed dramatically with the wave of mobile shopping, wearable technology, and 3D design. FashionCampNYC (FCNY) is introducing a new summer curriculum to prepare students for next-generation careers. FCNY, which is based at LIM College, also launched a new website, which features a diverse professional faculty, and a choice of two tracks (that can be attended back-to-back, for the most robust experience).
The week-long day program is in its ninth year of providing a well-rounded retail fashion experience to kids ages 12 to 18. Says Fran DellaBadia, former CEO of Bonobos and co-founder of the program, "Parents and campers are looking for ways to get real-life insights and educational experiences and make connections so they can get into leading fashion schools, land internships, and ultimately build careers. Most kids don't realize that hundreds of great jobs – beyond design – exist in the fashion world. We expose them to all the options and send them on the right path." With fashion and technology becoming increasingly interwoven, this summer has a large focus on the next wave of employment for the new generation, with classes focused on 3D Printing and App Design, as well as speakers from Pinterest and 3-D fashion manufacturers.
Unlike other programs, FCNY combines classroom education, field trips, and hands-on exercises. Fashion Prep culminates in the creation and presentation of a camper-created brand. Fashion Forward, the advanced program, offers a choice of projects, including one in which campers create an idea for a fashion-related app, a fashion website, or online or print fashion magazine.
Gordon Josey, co-founder and summer camp veteran, adds "Like any other camp, FCNY combines learning, teamwork, and fun. We choose our leaders carefully to ensure that our campers feel engaged and have fun throughout the summer. We attract campers from all over the world and they build relationships – with other campers and with our faculty – that last a lifetime." Campers are able to network with counselors, administrators, and speakers to cultivate mentorships and on-going communications well beyond camp, that can help launch their careers in fashion.
Campers from past summers have gone on to FIT and Parsons, started blogs, and landed internships and jobs at major brands. This includes former camper, and 2016 Speaker Caroline Daneh of Fair Harbor Clothing.
Each day is "themed" and the week includes topics like "Street Style" and "All About the Brand." Campers will also visit the fashion technology exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and a 3D print factory and learn about fashion design, marketing and PR, and merchandising.
The sessions run from July 25th to 29th and August 1st to 5th. Each session costs $1,400.
About FashionCampNYC (fashioncampnyc.com) :
Founded in 2007, FashionCampNYC offers a five-day New York Fashion Camp exploring the world of retail fashion. Sessions are led by some of New York's top fashion industry professionals. Campers, who come from all over the world, develop their own brands, hear from industry professionals and taste-makers, and visit retailers, showrooms, and fashion exhibits around New York City.
Featured 2016 FashionCampNYC Speakers and activities include::
Lauren Slowik: Lauren is the founder of 3DIY, which focuses on product design in 3D. She has continued to develop resources for 3D printing through Shapeways, which creates tutorials for spreading knowledge of 3D printing throughout the community. FashionCampers will take a leap into the future of fashion and experience 3D printing. More and more designers are embracing 3D printing into their designs and accessories and campers will get an exclusive peek into the creative, design, and production process of the future of fashion and technology.
Danit Peleg: Based in Israel, Danit believes as technologies evolve, we will soon be all printing our own clothes at home. FashionCampers will be travel virtually overseas to Israel to meet her over satellite get a tour of her office and show us the process from designing on the screen, to printing, and assembling that is all done using 3D printing.
Abigail Breslin + Emily Bache: Fan Favorites, The Wanderlust Girls, are back. Emily and Abigail began their career as fashion bloggers in the Fall of 2010 in New York City. Over time they have expanded rapidly, and WanderLust now offers styling, personal shopping, modeling, consulting, photography, personalities, and their very own designs. The Wanderlust Girls will take campers inside the life of a fashion blogger and teach how to take a passion for writing and fashion and turn it into a must-read blog.
Deborah Park: The Vice President of CLO, a cutting-edge 3D garment visualization technologies that help build a more creative more sustainable landscape for the fashion and apparel industries. Campers will get the unique chance to create their own design from scratch with virtual technology and see it come to life on screen.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Manus X Machina - Fashion in an Age of Technology: FashionCampers will take a field trip to the Met to see The Costume Institute's Spring 2016 exhibition. This exhibit shows the impact of new technology on fashion including haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear. It is the must-see exhibit in New York City.
James LaForce: The CEO of LaForce + Stevens Fashion PR Agency, James' current roster includes Target, 3M, Banana Republic, Veuve Clicquot, Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Grand Hyatt and LinkedIn, among many others. Campers will visit the offices of one of the top fashion PR agencies, peek into the fashion closet, and meet different specialists in the field. This trip shows another path to a career in fashion for campers in their future.
Joel Bradley: Joel is a buyer at TJ MAX in New York City. He excels at trend analysis, merchandising and retail. The campers will learn all about how there's more to fashion than design. By the end of the session FashionCampNYC-goers will learn from this leading retail chain everything it takes to be a buyer.
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