The Fashion Class: Tween Girls Design Real Fashion Window in the Garment Center

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6-11 year old future fashion designers learn to sew and create a window display in NYC; unveiling their design June 6th 2015

Move over Macy's flower show, because the Fashion Window Design students from The Fashion Class have a few fantastic display ideas.

The class, which takes place on West 39th street at The Fashion Class, started this past April and teaches the students how to visually represent fashion and art by designing and creating a real window. Taught by fashion illustrator and curator of the Taipei Cultural Gallery Nina Edwards, the students ages 6-11, have toured department store windows to learn what elements their window will need.

"We learned that we can't just put a mannequin in the display, we need to design what's going to be in the window and you need to decorate everything," say Maria Guerrero age 10. "Most of us wanted a spring and summer theme so we combined the two, we're using a lot of flowers."

After brainstorming and deciding between sunflowers, beaches, the sky and monkeys the students came up with "Fashion Paradise" as their display theme for Spring. Their favorite part of class so far has been designing a miniature version of the window.

"This class will develop students' basic technical and communication skills through drawings and presentations. Each student will gain experience with a variety of materials to mock up their own 2D sketches and 3D miniature forms," explains their instructor Nina Edwards.

What's in the actual window? The students will unveil their design on Saturday June 6th at 1:30 pm and welcome the public to stop by. Located at 209 West 38th Street the window, which is part of The Garment District NYC's public art program, will be on display through the end of June.

The students of The Fashion Class hope to show the fashion district that despite their young age they have some wonderful ideas.

The Fashion Class is a children's sewing studio located at 21 West 39th street and has been in operation since 2010. The program teaches sewing, branding, illustration and fashion design classes, summer camps and birthday parties to children as young as 6 through 17 years old. Students showcase their work in a professional fashion show complete with a raised light up runway.

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