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Fashion Boot Camp

June 23-July 3, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
July 7, Fashion Field Trip

What is Fashion BOOT Camp?

It's a fashion-intensive, two-week pre-college program about the fashion field covering subjects such as styling, merchandising and garment design and construction. Students get hands-on experience using Adobe Photoshop, creating eye-catching looks for photo shoots, using fashion industry computer software to create a 3-D virtual store, developing drawing skills and learning how to sew.

Who is Fashion BOOT Camp for?

High school students with an interest in pursuing fashion as a career.

What does it cost and how do I register?

Students enroll for a two-week session in one of the following options:

  • Full-day, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., $775
  • Morning only, 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., $400
  • Afternoon only, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., $400

Prices include supplies, snacks, lunches, beverages. Space is limited.  Register early by sending your completed registration form along with check payable to "Mount Mary University" to:

Trish Kuehnl - Fashion BOOT Camp
Mount Mary University
2900 N. Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI  53222

Contact Trish Kuehnl, or (414) 258-4810, ext. 282, for more information.

What is the refund policy?

Classes that do not meet minimum enrollment levels one week before the scheduled starting date must be canceled by Mount Mary. Participants affected by Mount Mary cancellations will have the option of scheduling another available course, or receiving a full refund.

In the event that a participant withdraws from a class, at least 10 calendar days prior notice is required to receive a full refund. In the event that notice of withdrawal is received after the 10 day period has passed, participants will be eligible for partial refunds only.

What classes are offered?

Morning Sessions  (Choice of classes each session)

8:30  – 10:00 am

  • Fashion Photography  ( Paul Calhoun)  
    Explore the world of Fashion photography. Students will take their own photos and process them through Photoshop software. Each student must provide their own digital camera, phones with photo capabilities should work.
  • Eye for Style (Bjorn Nasett)     
    Styling a fashionable look that translates into a memorable ensemble for photography and editorial is the focus of this class. Learn techniques for creating eye catching looks and copy for editorial photo-shoots and red carpets, while discovering the transformative powers of fashion. Bjorn is an accomplished professional on Milwaukee’s fashion scene and has just completed work on a Rock N Roll documentary.
  • Designing Fashion Art Jewelry (Brenda Schweder)
    Learn how to create your own trendy jewelry design on a wire bending jig invented by your instructor. Make wearable pieces that will enhance any outfit such as a necklace or bangle.

10:15  – 11:45 am

  • Project Visual (Trish Kuehnl)
    Explore the world of virtual store planning and display by learning how to use software and display tools used in the fashion industry.  Design and create a 3-D virtual store, choose merchandise to stock your store and then create a display with mannequins.  Get a jump start before you come to camp by collecting ideas and pictures of the fashions you want to use, paint colors and the overall “look” that you want for your store.
  • Designing Your Own Collection (Sarah Eichhorn)
    Learn the fundamentals of designing a clothing collection!  Color theory, silhouettes and design theories will be discussed, as well as basic illustration and rendering skills.
  • Introduction to Machine Knitting (Dawn Oertel)
    Using a knitting machine might be a new experience for you but just wait until you see what can be made. With the yarn provide each student will complete a scarf or cowl. Class size will be limited because of machines.

Afternoon Session  (Choice of classes each session based on experience.)

1:00 – 4:00 pm

  • It’s All in the Details – Sewing for the Fashion Designer (Instructor TBA)
    Never sewn before, this is the class for you! Students learn basic machine sewing techniques while designing and creating a garment for themselves. All materials will be supplied. A level one course - no experience is required.
  • Fashion Forward (Sarah Eichhorn)
    Ready to move on from the basics but might need a little push? In this class you will refresh your beginning sewing skills, as well as learning more tips and techniques. All materials will be supplied. A level two course - some experience is required.
  • Trend Setter – Sewing for the Fashion Designer (Sandra Tonz)
    This course is for the sewer with some experience. Create an updated look of your own choice. Materials will be available but you are free to bring in your own patterns and fabric. A level three course - experience is required.