Beyond Fashion is a two-hour workshop exploring Fashion Design Arts and its connection to history, technology, sustainability, style, and culture. Students will be introduced to various components of the fashion apparel industry, while learning technical skills through hands-on activities. All sewing machines and supplies will be provided for in-class use.
Learn to operate a sewing machine
Sew basic stitches and seam finishes
Shorten and lengthen a hem
Learn how to mend damaged garments
Cut and sew a mini bodice
Learn how to up-cycle apparel
About your host
Camille Ashford is a Contemporary Women’s Fashion Designer and Fashion Instructor born and raised in Washington, DC. She graduated from the Art Institute of Philadelphia in 2008 with a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design. Camille Ashford’s designs are colorful, feminine, and whimsical. She draws inspiration from an infinite number of people, places, books, movies, songs, and ideas, but proclaims her son Jordan to be her biggest source of inspiration. Teaching fashion design is both inspiring and meaningful work to Ms. Ashford because it allows her to share new ideas, foster creativity, challenge her students, build confidence, promote positive body image, and express individuality. “I aim to use my craft to inspire others and convey a message of inner peace and self-acceptance. As a child, my self-image wasn’t ideal, but I used fashion illustration to help boost my confidence and channel my creativity. My background in fashion design has afforded me with the necessary skills to create the fashion illustrations that I once could only dream about.” Some of her past work experience includes Printfresh Design Studio, Ann Taylor Loft, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, The Sitar Arts Center, Project Create Art Studio, Anthropologie, DC Public Libraries, and DC Public Schools.