Kohl’s Fashion Designers Join Discovery World Summer Camp
Discovery World’s Summer Camp is an incredible opportunity for your kids to have fun, make new friends, and explore possible futures. In one of our more popular camps, Jr. Fashion Designer, students turn non-traditional materials into haute couture creations in less than a week. This summer, professional Fashion Designers from Kohl’s are joining the Kohl’s Design It! Lab staff to mentor these Campers and help turn their ideas into the future of fashion.
“One of the many things we do really well here at Discovery World is connect kids with the pros,” said Meghan Langmyer, Education Coordinator for the Kohl’s Design It! Lab. “Thanks to the Fashion Designers from Kohl’s, this summer the Jr. Fashion Designers are getting an experience of a lifetime.”
One of the professional Fashion Designers who joined the camp back in June was Christy Free, Director of Technical Fashion Design for Kohl’s Private & Exclusive brands. Free has been with Kohl’s for one and a half years, and she brought a tremendous amount of energy and nearly twenty years of design and industry experience with her.
“We heard that the girls were very excited to meet professional fashion designers, said Free, “but I think we were even more excited.”
Free and the other Fashion Designers from Kohl’s couldn’t wait to get to work. “The energy in the room was contagious”, said Free, “and we wanted to work as quickly as we could to help them succeed. The campers were going full speed on tasks without any reservations, and I really loved their enthusiasm. They were very open to asking how to make their ideas come to life.”
“Once the campers knew what they wanted to make, they needed a lot more help executing the shape of the skirt or dress,” said Free. “Some girls wanted a circle skirt, some a tube skirt or an A-line dress or a two-piece dress. We helped them figure out how to turn their ideas into 3-D wearable fashion. This was fabulous because as a Technical Fashion Designer, this is why I love what I do every day!”
“We keep the Campers busy,” said Langmyer. “Their goal is to design and create a complete look, including accessories. The Campers go from inspiration all the way through construction in just five days.”
“I was surprised at how much the girls accomplished in a week,” said Free. “They designed and made an entire dress out of non-traditional materials along with purses and other accessories. They accomplished a lot.”
As a professional designer, teaching the next generation is something that Free is passionate about. “Teaching is fun for me, and mentoring young designers is necessary to help show them that a dream can come true. I loved to draw and do arts and crafts as a kid. I learned to sew as a young girl. Fashion seemed like a way to be creative and have a career. My father is my biggest supporter, but he was always afraid that I would be a starving artist. He is very proud of my accomplishments in Fashion Design.”
“The Fashion Designers from Kohl’s are awesome,” said Langmyer. “Obviously their knowledge and skills are unbelievable, and they jumped right in and got to work. They helped make this camp a truly amazing experience.”
“It was tremendous fun”, said Free. “I got to go back to the fun of design, and it really helped me remember why I got into design in the first place. Can I come back next year?”
Professional Designers from Kohl’s will be joining each of the Jr. Fashion Designer Camps throughout the summer. For more information on all of our award-winning Summer Camps, visit https://www.discoveryworld.org/programs/summer-camp-2015/.