Tuesday, April 19, 2011

2011 Summer Fashion Camp

"In an era of belt-tightening, what could be better than making the belt yourself?" That's just one of the questions Louise Hudson will pose to many budding fashionistas this summer at camp. Fashion camp that is.

A clothing designer for over 30 years (in England and Canada), Hudson will run two camps this summer. The first, for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders is June 6 - 10 and the second, for rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders is June 12-17. The camps aim to teach the campers to make a total outfit - skirt, top, belt, bag, hair accessories and decorated flip-flops.

"My new Fashion Camp is intended to teach sewing skills to middle school and high school students," Hudson said. "At the end of the week, they will have dressed themselves from head to toe all by hand, learning the basics for a lifelong love of design and fashion." Campers will also learn the basics of what to wear for particular occasions; how to recycle, reuse, and renovate older garments; stylish hand sewing and crafts; artful accessorizing; and modeling instruction for the final day fashion show.

Hudson in an original creation

Hudson has already been busy recruiting local fashion entities to come speak to the campers. Becky Blair from Inspiralled Jewelry, the manager of Pink Sorbet, and fashion photographer, Jason Ayer are just some of the visiting professionals who will give presentations during the camp. Retail professors will also participate, giving kids an idea of how to get the right qualifications for various careers in the fashion and retail industry.

"I'm organizing the whole endeavor, right from website design, marketing, employing camp counselors, developing the application forms, sourcing all the sewing supplies, to the fun part: designing the activities during camp week!" said Hudson.

Students from Paul Mitchell and the Kenneth Shuler School of Cosmetology are coming to do the hair and make-up for all the campers for their final day fashion show when they will model the items they have made for parents and friends.

"This is just a start," said Hudson. "I'm reaching out to as many fashion, beauty and retail professionals in the area as possible to contribute to this fashion-forward venture."

For students registered by April 30, the cost of attendance is $450; registration after April 30 is $495. This year’s Fashion Camp is commuter only with activities each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Carolina Coliseum.

For more information about Fashion Camp, contact Hudson at 803-708-2772 or by e-mail at fashioncamp@hrsm.sc.edu

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