Idyllwild Arts Academy

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Camera flashes, bright lights, polished runways, excited observers, beautiful models, captivating garments… such images flood the minds of young fashion lovers. High in the mountains of Southern California, these images also inspire the Fashion Design students of Idyllwild Arts Academy.

On a breathtaking forest campus, the Academy’s high school students explore everything that a bachelor’s degree would entail. In new, state-of-the-art classrooms, they learn sewing, pattern making, draping, textiles, accessories, fashion illustration, fashion history, fashion photography, and conceptual design. They study with teachers who have thrived at every level of the fashion industry — including the new Fashion Design Chair, “Project Runway” season 16 winner Kentaro Kameyama.

Accepting the offer to become Chair was an easy decision for the acclaimed designer, since guest-teaching had already exposed him to the extraordinary calibre of Idyllwild Arts students.



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