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The Styled Side: making s'mores and skirts at fashion camp




Fashion Camp campers learn to create and sew their own stylish creations from start to finish.
Fashion Camp campers learn to create and sew their own stylish creations from start to finish.
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Summer is here, and that means summer vacation for some of us.

But how does is sound to head out to the woods to Camp Givenchy?

That doesn't really exist, but Michelle Dalton Tyree from Fashion Trends Daily says summer camps in SoCal have gone couture.

"There are fashion camps where kids can indulge their inner fashion designer," she says. "There are mini-workshops for kids to create, cut and sew, and they work on projects like skirts and bags from start to finish."

One of the original fashion camps is, appropriately, Fashion Camp in Orange County.

Started in 2010 by Erin Bianchi Hibbert, a former executive for Bloomingdale's, it's grown exponentially every year in part because of shows like Project Runway that have fueled kids' interests. 

There is also Fashion Camp Los Angeles, started by former Parson alum Courtney Alexander, which looks at camp as way for kids to explore the fashion industry deeper and see whether or not it's something they might like to do as a career.

Retailer Mood Fabrics, which many Project Runway watchers recognize as the spot contestants go for materials, offers everything from sketch classes to fashion camps and sewing classes.

"This trend is here to stay: people want to make their own things, kids and adults," says Tyree.