Design Camp: Toronto’s Summer Filled with Fabulous Fashion

by Taja Scott on Jun 14th, 2011 in Announcements, Designers, Events, News

Promoting the value of design, The Design Exchange (DX) is a  non-profit educational organization in Canada that devotes a greater awareness of fashion design. They impact the lives of youth by building substantial relationships though communication, teaching design disciplines, utilizing educators, businesses and the general public through programs, exhibits, lectures, and workshops. This involvement plays a role in stabilizing the youth through economic growth and cultural vitality. The Design Exchange mission is to promote the value of Canadian designs, through engaging and enriching programs.

Gearing up for a summer filled with amazing fashion, Design Exchange in Toronto has a great year of tremendous summer camp sessions.  ”This year’s line-up of summer camp sessions includes Vintage Couture, Fashion TV, and Essential Fashion which will explore the iconic little black dress and essential accessories.” Katie Weber, Camp Director says,”The week-long sessions are not just inspiring for the young designers who participate, but it’s also a chance to meet some amazing working designers and explore the career possibilities within the world of fashion.” In previous years at camp, they have had guest speakers such as Lucian Matis and David Dixon, who offered words of encouragement to the youth about following their dreams and not giving up. 

For the first week of camp, It’s all about drama & design for ages 7 to 14 including the fashion basics for ages 10 to 12. In drama and design, the youth will develop a performance, learn about the involvement of theatre with staging, costuming, and makeup. ”All enrolled campers will be treated to a performance for themselves and their parents to attend the Canadian Stage TD Dream in High Park, including a backstage tour.  Participants will perform their masterpiece for family and friends on Friday July 8th.” As for fashion basics, they will learn the basics of illustration, patterns, and stitching. “Participating in hands-on projects will include an a-line skirt, fashion tote, and a host of accessories.  An opportunity to meet a local designer and visit a working studio will also be included in this exciting week.”

For the second week of camp, they will enjoy another opportunity in drama and design. Again, they will put on an amazing performance for family and friends showcasing what they’ve learned throughout the week. Within the second week, youth ages 12 to 14 will learn about costume designing. They will work with the drama and design camp being the official wardrobe designers for that said production.  

In weeks four through eight, the youth will embark on a journey of fashion like no other. From fashion styling to vintage couture, this summer camp is inspiring for all youth of all ages. Design Camp gives a creative look for today’s youth which leads their summer into a fun filled camp of fabulous fashion.

For more information about Design Camp (Click here) to receive summaries of their weekly activities. Also, you can download the registration package to get your child signed up for this wonderful opportunity.

Want more information about this great camp and Design Exchange? Go to their website  or contact Katie Weber, Camp Director at 416.216.2138  or katie[at]

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