Academy of Art University Guides the Next Generation of Fashion Designers
Academy of Art University ensured that the next generation of fashion designers is on the right
path to success by participating in a six day Fashion Camp for high school students organized by
Cotton and Camp Director Karl Marshall.
Fashion Camp was rewarding for everyone involved, but especially for the students who
received real industry experience and training, as well as the opportunity to speak with an
instructor from one of the best fashion design schools in the country.
The camp, which took place at the Eastridge Mall in San Jose, CA, featured fashion seminars,
classes, group and individual activities, as well as guest lectures. School of Fashion instructor
Iliana Ricketts represented the Academy of Art University proudly as both a lecturer and attendee
of the final Fashion Show.
Ricketts kicked off the camp on the first day as a guest lecturer by providing invaluable
fashion industry information. An experienced fashion designer in her own right, Ricketts explained
the process designers go through to create a collection. She also discussed techniques of croquis,
a quick sketch of a model on a fashion show runway, and presented a slideshow exhibiting the
breathtaking clothing designs of Academy of Art University students.
“The Fashion Camp students asked questions and the atmosphere was quite relaxed,” said
Ricketts. “The response was great.”
Ricketts returned the day of the Fashion Show to provide fashion-enthusiasts with information
about the Academy of Art University’s outstanding fashion design program. The show, organized by
the graduates of Fashion Camp, featured cutting edge fall fashion.