Our mission is to provide expansive education in the culture and craft of clothing to kids! We foster children's authentic selves through creative inquiry.
interdisciplinary approach to fashion, kids learn self expression through the
study of clothing in a personal and social context.
We inspire children to be industrious, persistent problem-solvers through
exhilarating, educational experiences.
We pride ourselves on
our alternative approach to fashion focused on making, developing and
understanding clothing as engineering, mathematics, natural history, and social form. Our age-appropriate courses and our approach to fashion
emphasize a diverse and inclusive historical context and social emotional
learning, so that students feel empowered to connect more deeply with
themselves and their exploration of how to present to the world.
We give our students the tools that they need to
move forward with their creative pursuits-- a foundation in clothing
construction is a foundation for living. Because
textiles are elemental, children can learn simple lessons that open many
avenues of exploration. Students will emerge from our courses not only
with a new and growing portfolio of work, a new perspective on clothes and
fashion, but also with increased awareness of themselves and their world.
Our *New* Summer program, designed for students
aged 8-12, offers a week to week summer camp with exciting course
offerings! We are offering a low
introductory price, as well as half day options. Watch us grow and develop! See our ongoing updates
to courses as they develop each week. Courses for Week 1 will be "Essential Hand Sewing" and "Styling the Stylist." See descriptions for all our courses by clicking enroll.
Since 2017, the Children’s
Institute of Fashion Arts has operated in-school programming in New York City public schools. We have also offered the free
Fashion Arts Workshop, sponsored by the Lower Manhattan Cultural
Council. Last year's workshop culminated in this fashion
show (see video below). Please be sure to let us know if you are
interested in joining us in Fall of 2020 for our next free Fashion Arts Workshop
series! We expect it will take place Live Online and will be available to kids ages 8-12 from around the world!
Though the current
situation demands that we move our programs online instead of in shared spaces, we
believe that this will not impact our mission since fashion doesn't only exist
outside, but it also lives between you and your mirror! We hope you will
be as excited as we are to learn, grow, and sew together!