The Palm Springs Unified School District’s first two-week fashion camp recently culminated with a runway show starring seven high school students along with some of the clothing and hats they created during the program.
Facilitated by district arts coordinator Louisa Castrodale, who came up with the idea for this additional summer offering, the camp featured six guest speakers from the fashion community.
“I’m so pleased and grateful that the fashion community supported this first effort by our district to expose students to fashion design,” said Castrodale.
Guest speakers included artist Luis Fausto, fashion designer Sofia Enriquez, hair and makeup artist Lynda Schaeps, fashion stylist Joe Garcia, fashion show producer and editor Susan Stein, and The Fine Art of Design proprietor Nicolas Delgado.
Artist and Cathedral City native Sofia Enriquez is a guest speaker during fashion camp.
During the camp held at Rancho Mirage High School, students learned the traditional art form of sewing from seamstress Joyce Jenkins as well as how to create their own hats with hat designer Marilyn Mercer. In addition, Castrodale teamed up with the district’s technology director Will Carr to incorporate log and tag design, and teach students about fabrication through off-site web resources such as Alibaba.
“I love how the teachers are nice and positive, and I loved learning and being myself around people,” said camper Victorian Blaney.
Stylist Joe Garcia shares a bit of his knowledge and experience with students at fashion camp.
“I liked learning more about fashion and how to sew, and I also met a lot of cool people,” added participant Destin Vo.
The camp concluded on July 21 with a fashion show for parents and guests, which featured a film chronicling the camp in progress as well as interviews with the participants.
“This camp succeeded beyond my wildest dreams,” said Castrodale. “Our goal of opening doors to future possibilities was absolutely met. I look forward to doing this camp again next summer.”