Welcome to the BKLYN Fashion Academy!

The second round of the BKLYN Fashion Academy (BFA) is HERE! We are thrilled to have you with us.

This year we will dive into the fashion culture of the Herero Women of Namibia and incorporate the technology of StitchKit.

Photo Credit: Refinery29

Photo Credit: StitchKit


Our neo-Victorian theme will take you on a futuristic rollercoaster, into the realm of Steampunk and introduce you to a growing wave in fashion.

The application for the BKLYN Fashion Academy are now closed, and we will be announcing our next cohort of designers soon!

Stay tuned and for more Fashion Academy updates you can subscribe to the Business & Career Center eNewsletter.

MODE EN COULEUR Fashion Show // Super 8 from Nick Collingwood Vintage on Vimeo.

Video by Nick Collingwood

If you missed the Fashion Show check it out here

Check out the first cohort of BKLYN Fashion Academy Designers featured on the Made In NY: Fashion Instagram page!


  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, live in Brooklyn and have sewing experience.
  • The application process is now closed. For Fashion related events, please the library's events calendar.
  • You will be required to attend 7 classes, attend technical labs and create a minimum of 4 looks.
  • You will also complete an illustrated drawing of your main look, and feature your completed mini collection in the BFA Fashion Show.
  • The fashion show will take place May 3, 2019 at the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza.Tickets will be available through Eventbrite in the coming months.
  • The theme is the “Hereros of Namibia”. The women of Namibia make a strong statement decked out in voluminous Victorian-style dresses called the Ohorkova as a continual protest against the Germans who nearly exterminated their entire tribe in the genocide of 1904. Their headgear symbolizes horns in honor of the cattle that their communities depend on so highly. Selected designers will be required to create one look, within their collection, centered on the theme of the “Hereros”, and incorporate StitchKit technology. All remaining garments are open to the designer’s choice, but must be cohesive and completed in the time allotted.


BPL’s Business & Career Center is generously supported by Dime Community Bank, Lead Funder of the PowerUP! Business Plan Competition, women.nyc, Ridgewood Savings Bank, Con Edison, ReferenceUSA, Elizabeth Crowell & Robert Wilson and Signature Bank. Previously funding from the Charles H. Revson Foundation, through BKLYN Incubator.

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