Welcome to the BKLYN Fashion Academy!
The BKLYN Fashion Academy is an intensive program where we prepare designers of all stages to launch their fashion businesses. With the support of our dedicated Business & Career Center Librarians and program instructors, designers get to learn important business knowledge the skills they need to run a successful fashion businesses. In the process, designers stretch their creativity by creating mini collections they present at our culminating runway show.Keep scrolling for more information and to check out our previous program years!
2022 BKLYN Fashion Academy
This year’s theme is American Fashion through Conflict. The evolution of American fashion can give us a glimpse of American history from the frontlines. In times of conflict, we see Americans redefine themselves, whether it is holding fast to tradition or evolving to embrace new realities. From the War of 1812 to the Korean War, the BKLYN Fashion Academy designers will use American history to inspire and develop their collections emphasizing the influence of the major players of their chosen era.
Their full mini-collections will be showcased at the Runway Show on Friday, June 24th on Central Library’s Outdoor Plaza.
Meet our 2022 BKLYN Fashion Academy Designers!
2020-2021 BKLYN Fashion Academy
Our focus for the 2020-2021 program year was 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 showcased 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.
Meet our 2020-2021 BKLYN Fashion Academy Designers!
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2019 BKLYN Fashion Academy
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.
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.
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
Video by Nick Collingwood
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- Entrants must be 18 years of age or older, live in Brooklyn and have sewing experience.
- Applications are currently open! Click the link in the Apply section at the top right hand corner of the webpage! Sign up for our Information Sessions to learn more about the application process..
- 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.
- Details for the Fashion Showcase will be available on here. Keep checking the webpage for updated information.
- Updates will be posted here, so keep checking in.
BKLYN Fashion Academy Presents: American History En Vogue Runway Show4:00 pm, Central Library, Plaza
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