Pilot Projects: “How Brooklyn Public Library Wants to Redesign Fashion Education”
Brooklynites have been setting trends in fashion for years, and now a select few of them are getting the chance to create those styles from the ground up thanks to what might seem like an unexpected source: The Brooklyn Public Library.
The BPL just began piloting its first-ever Brooklyn Fashion Academy, an intensive 12-week course that enables 15 aspiring designers to not only create a mini fall/winter women’s wear collection to present at a May fashion show, but also meet mentors and learn valuable business skills to develop and market their brands — for free. The students, chosen from 51 applicants, needed to be a borough resident with a BPL card and some sort of fashion background, whether it was schooling or simply knowing how to sew.
“We wanted to make sure we got a good mix of designers so even if they’re at the beginning stages, the ones with more experience can have the opportunity to help them,” said program manager Lynnsie Augustin.
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