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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.


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.





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.

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