Fashion Design

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Parent Q&A

  • Hi, anyone have experience with the pre-college summer programs at Parsons and Parsons Paris? My kid wants to apply to fashion design school for college. We are hoping the Parson's program would be more than a boondoggle and my kid would be able to create a legitimate portfolio to use to apply to colleges. I get that it really depends on the kid and what they put into it. I'm wondering if these programs are set up with these goals in mind. If they're worth the time and money and if they are a legitimate gateway into art/design schools.

    Any feedback based on experience would be great! 

    Thank you!

    How fun! I am not familiar with the Parsons program, but I'd like to suggest The School of the New York Times Summer Academy. They have a couple of fashion focused courses including "The Future of Fashion" ( Course offerings change from year to year. I'm not sure if any this year have a direct design component or are more industry focused.

    My daughter attended SoNTY the past two summers. The program is exceptional - high quality instruction from persons prominent in their fields and engaged and mature peer group. The residential component is run in a way that is both safe and supports age-appropriate growth and independence.  The best part is living right in the heart of Manhattan for two weeks.

    The program is competitive and the admissions cycle is open, so if you're interested, don't delay.

Archived Q&A and Reviews


Camp for 12 year old interested in fashion

May 2014

I'm looking for a day camp for a 12 year old girl who is interested in fashion and make-up. She is pretty serious about these pursuits. We are in Oakland but nearby east bay would also work. Thanks Looking for camp

Check out CCA- California college of the arts. I think they have programs for middle school aged students and possibly younger. Barry

Rhythmix Cultural Works in Alameda has a couple camps that might be of interest. The first appears to be full, but for next year, it's a sewing camp that culminates with a runway show of the outfits created by the campers. The second camp is fashion show production and is still open for this year. It focuses on hair, makeup, the sound and light systems, music, stage, sets, and actual production of the aforementioned runway show for the other camp. Here's the link: Carrie


Summer fashion design for teen

March 2007

My daughter is interested in taking a hands-on fashion class this summer. I noticed that California College of the Arts offers all-day classes. Are there others being offered that might be of shorter duration and therefore more affordable? Thanks, d

Couple thoughts on Fashion Design.

(1) At ''Sew Now'' in Lafayette (corner of Moraga Rd and Moraga Blvd) there are fashion production classes. This is a new place. Give them a call to see if there is a fit. Week long classes. BART is 5-minutes walk through suburban town.

(2) For something less tame, check out Saffron Rare Threads in the city, near 17th and Delores.

There is a BART station nearby, but your kid has to be street smart to negotiate that scene.

The founders, Yugula and Priya, have apprenticeships for fashion design purposed people. Not for the weak of heart, but my oh my, very fun. Best of luck, Nathan

try stone mountain & daughter in berkeley for sewing/fashion design classes at many levels: good luck! wendy