Teen Stylin’: Student fashion inspired by VMFA’s collection


Teen Stylin’ is a free twelve-week program held each spring during which students work with professional designers to create innovative garments inspired by VMFA’s permanent collection.

Students in grades 6-12 are selected through an application process designed to serve as a practical experience in applying for higher education or competitive programs.

The 2020 Teen Stylin’: Metamorphosis program marries creative fashion design with the principles of visual art, science, and mathematics. Student designers will use creative construction and alternative material application techniques to create wearable works of art that can include moveable parts, lights, and other materials.

Students’ designs are later showcased for the greater Richmond community during a highly-popular runway exhibition where a panel of professionals from the field of art, design, and fashion select winners in the following categories: “Best Overall” “Best Use of Alternative Materials,” “Most Creative Construction,” “Best Interpretation of a Work of Art,” “Best Interpretation of the Theme,” and “Most Wearable.”

Following the runway exhibition, the fashion renderings of all Teen Stylin’ participants and the winning garments are displayed in VMFA’s Art Education Center.

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Important Program Dates:

Application Deadline: Fri, Jan 10, 2020
Acceptances Sent Out: Fri, Jan 17, 2020
Teen Stylin’ campus series orientation: Thu, Jan 23, 2020
Teen Stylin’ independent study orientation: Sat, Jan 25, 2020

Campus workshops begin Feb 4 (Schedule I/Tue session) and
Feb 6 (Schedule II/Thu session)

No workshops will be held over spring break, Apr 6 -10.

Course Options & Schedule

Schedule I: Open to students in grades 6–12
Tuesdays 5:30 – 8:30 pm

Feb 4, 11, 18, and 25
Mar 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31
Apr 14, 21

Tue, Apr 28 open workshop for all students
Thu, Apr 30 Runway dress rehearsal for all students

Schedule II: Open to students in grades 9–12 only
Thursdays 5:30–8:30 pm

Feb 6, 13, 20, and 27
Mar 5, 12, 19, and 26
Apr 2, 16, and 23

Tue, Apr 28 open workshop for all students
Thu, Apr 30 Runway dress rehearsal for all students

Independent Study Schedule: Open to statewide students or students who have previously participated in the Teen Stylin’ program
Students are required to attend the following dates in-person:
Orientation – Sat, Jan 25
Dress Rehearsal, Thu, Apr 30
Runway Event, Sun, May 3

Dress Rehearsal for Runway Event
Thu, Apr 30, 5:30 – 8:30 pm
Required for all participants

Runway Event
Sun, May 3, 1–5 pm
Required for all participants

Stylin’ in the Studios
Select Saturdays, 10 am – 2 pm
Dates to be announced

Teen Stylin’ is supported by:

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