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Welcome to the BKLYN Fashion Academy!

We are gearing up for the 2020 BKLYN Fashion Academy, and we are excited to have you here!

Applications are now closed, check back soon for tickets and details on the May 8, 2020 fashion show.

This year we will focus on the History of Carnevale (Carnival) and its influence around the world. Carnevale which means farewell to meat or flesh originally celebrated by Europeans and passed on to slaves who turned it into a celebration of freedom. By the 18th century free blacks in Trinidad mixed with French immigrants, Spanish settlers, and British nationals transformed the European celebration to a more heterogeneous cultural froth that included traditions from all ethnic groups. With the end of slavery in 1834, the now completely free populace could outwardly celebrate their native culture and their emancipation through dress, music, and dancing hence creating what is now known as Carnival.

Photo (top left to bottom right): Carnival in Haiti, Venice, Tenerife and Rio de Janiero

 

Designers will travel across the globe to explore carnival across these 10 countries and their celebrations: Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, Venice-Italy. Port of Spain-Trinidad & Tobago, Binche-Belgium, Oruro-Bolivia, Toronto-Canada, Port-au-Prince-Haiti, New Orleans-Louisiana (USA), Nice-France and the Tenerife Island-Spain's Canary Islands.

Join us as we recreate the traditions of Carnevale, and add a modern day take on Carnival with the infusion of e-textiles and wearable technology from Microsoft's MakeCode, that will shift the trends in fashion for years to come!


The 2019 video from the On the Runway: Homage to Future Fashion Show, captures all the colors, excitement, culture and creativity the designers had to offer.

Fashion forward: Researchers, designers debut new tech on New York City runway from Microsoft Research on Youtube

Video By: Microsoft Research

To learn more about the technology used, Microsoft's partnership with the BKLYN Fashion Academy and much more check out: Fashion Forward.

Check out the 2019 show, On the Runway: Homage to Future Fashion, First Half & Second Half, in case you missed it!

 

Want to see the 2019 BKLYN Fashion Academy Designers?

Check them out on the Made In NY: Fashion Instagram page, where you can get a little background on each designer and see what they have to offer!

 

Herero Women of Namibia

Photo Credit: Refinery29

 

StitchKit Tech Pack

Photo Credit: StitchKit


 If you missed the 2018 Fashion Show check it out here

MODE EN COULEUR Fashion Show // Super 8 from Nick Collingwood Vintage on Vimeo. (2018)

Video by Nick Collingwood


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FAQs

  • Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, live in Brooklyn and have sewing experience.
  • Applications are currently being accepted for the 2020 BKLYN Fashion Academy. You can CLICK HERE to apply, or check the "Apply section of the website. For Fashion related events, please the library's events calendar.
  • You will be required to attend several 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 capsule collection in the BFA Fashion Show.
  • The fashion show will take place May 8, 2020 at the Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza.Tickets will be available through Eventbrite in the coming months.
  • The theme is the “History of Carnevale (Carnival)”. Carnevale which means farewell to meat or flesh originally celebrated by Europeans and passed on to slaves who turned it into a celebration of freedom. By the 18th century free blacks in Trinidad mixed with French immigrants, Spanish settlers, and British nationals transformed the European celebration to a more heterogeneous cultural froth that included traditions from all ethnic groups. With the end of slavery in 1834, the now completely free populace could outwardly celebrate their native culture and their emancipation through dress, music, and dancing hence creating what is now known as Carnival. Selected designers will be required to create one look, within their collection, centered on the theme of ”Carnevale", and incorporate Microsoft MAkeCode technology. All remaining garments are open to the designer’s choice, but must be cohesive and completed in the time allotted.

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