Minneapolis Fashion Design Project

“Minnesota Design Diaries” brought aspiring teen designers together with professionals who provided guidance and influenced the girls’ designs as they prepared for a group fashion show.

Minneapolis Fashion Design Project
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"I loved this event!  I think that having programs and events that allow youth to express themselves are wonderful!  Functions like this help youth to utilize their skills and passions in positive ways that promote empowerment."
 
"This was fabulous! What a great opportunity for girls to work with professionals in a mentor relationship. I could see by their faces how proud they were of their designs. This is a opportunity they otherwise would not have had."

"The most interesting thing I learned was learning how to use a sewing machine and taking something old and turning it into something new."

"[I enjoyed] working with the students and hearing about their aspirations and goals as young designers and creative people."

"I enjoyed the final shows most – sharing our hard work with an enthusiastic public… getting to see these girls experience their first fashion show and reaping all the praise for their hard work."

"I loved this event!  I think that having programs and events that allow youth to express themselves are wonderful!  Functions like this help youth to utilize their skills and passions in positive ways that promote empowerment."
 
"This was fabulous!  What a great opportunity for girls to work with professionals in a mentor relationship.  I could see by their faces how proud they were of their designs.  This is a opportunity they otherwise would not have had."

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Enjoy excerpts of interviews with the girls and their design mentors.

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“Minnesota Design Diaries” is an 8 week workshop for approximately 10 at-risk teen girls. The group met Saturday mornings at the Old Arizona Theater and enjoyed instruction from a fashion designer, the opportunity to interview established designers about their careers and get mentoring on work, and field trips to view the Minnesota History Center’s textiles collection.

2011 Youth Participants: Aaliyah, Autumn, Cathy, Elajae, Kalia, Karisa, Karly, Kolang, Rachel, Sandy

2011 Adult Participants: Anna Lee, Kimberly Jurek, Laura Fulk, Kerry Riley, Korrin Lohmann

2012 Youth Participants: Allison, Autumn, Brynnah, Cathy, DeKessa, June, Mary, Meara, Rachel, Sai

2012 Adult Participants: Rachel Blomgren, Laura Fulk, Sarah Holm, Luci Kandler, Kathryn Sterner

For more information: Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at aleah.vinick@mnhs.org or 651-259-3417.

Learn more about MNfashion, a resource for Minnesota's fashion community.

The Arizona Bridge Project serves inner city, teenage girls who have an interest in the performing, media, and visual arts, and is a successful means by which young women learn to make positive life choices.

See books about costume and fashion, available from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Project Details

Date: March 2011 - April 2012
Partner(s): Darcy Knight, Elizabeth Trumble, Arizona Bridge Project; Kerri Riley; Anna Lee; MNfashion; Andrea Oseland; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Minneapolis, MN

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