This summer, I enjoyed two weeks at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) Middle School Fashion Camp. We did everything to create our own fashion line: invented brand names and logos; sketched clothing designs with inspiration from art at the museum; made skirts and dresses on a sewing machine; and ended the camp showing our designs at a fashion show.
Making my first pieces of clothing was a dream for me. I loved being able to use the dress forms, sewing machines, and all the professional tools at the school. I enjoyed using them to create my very first piece: a simple circle skirt made from fabric I dyed myself! The next pieces were a bit tricky, though; I had to start from scratch without much help.
The dresses modeled at my first fashion show were made out of fabric from mens’ T-shirts that I bought on a field trip to the thrift store. (The thrift store wasn’t the only trip we took; we also visited the Art Institute.) I worked hard in the limited time I had, and I managed to complete two whole dresses in just three days!
I felt proud walking down the runway wearing a dress I had made myself. Everyone’s collection was unique. The thing was, we had to use a non-fabric item in our designs so that they would stand out in a crowd. I chose rubber bands.
I really enjoyed my time at SAIC and hope to go back. I’d like to thank the Park Ridge Cultural Arts Council for helping give me this unforgettable experience! -Amy Dorgan