Newark School of Fashion & Design inaugural class goes on week-long field trip

Photo Courtesy of Beata F. Snelling

NEWARK, NJ — Before the Newark School of Fashion & Design opens its doors in September, the inaugural class will already have made its introduction into the world of fashion. On Monday, July 12, and continuing through the rest of the week, 21 NSFD students attended the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy Jr. Fashion Camp, where they were immersed in interactive activities and workshops taught by fashion industry professionals. The student designers learned the fundamentals of style-identity, communication, goal-setting, personal development and confidence, led by Hylton herself. 

“This is an incredible opportunity for students. The MHFA will accelerate the novel instructional program offered at the Newark School of Fashion & Design,” Newark Superintendent of Schools Roger Leon said.

Hylton, known as a “fashion architect, revolutionary creative and a pioneer” in the world of music and fashion, has made contributions to the industry for more than 25 years. With the likes of clients and colleagues such as Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Queen Latifah, Mary J. Blige, Missy Elliott and many more, Hylton has shaped and influenced large parts of today’s fashions, according to a press release from the school district.

“I am honored that Newark School of Fashion & Design students have been invited to participate in the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy: Future of Fashion camp experience,” NSFD Principal Sakina Pitts said. “This first opportunity for our students to learn from and engage with Misa Hylton as one of the industry’s top image architects is one that will surely be a marker in the start of their journey into the world of fashion.”

Newark Board of Education President Dawn Haynes added, “We are so excited that our students will have a fashion education experience that allows them to tap into their creativity and influence the future of fashion.” 

Students that have participated and graduated from the Misa Hylton Fashion Academy, have gone on to work for companies such as Essence Magazine, Dolce & Gabbana, Harper’s Bazaar and many more. With a focus on high school students, the camp was created to give students early exposure to the power of fashion and the arts. The overall goal of the program is to build the self-esteem of teens and teach essential life skills necessary to succeed in the fashion industry. The program, in its fifth year of summer programming and ninth season of existence, is be sponsored this year by the Gucci Changemakers Grant.

“Day 1 of Fashion Camp was amazing,” student Angelina Armijos said. “It was an experience that will get me one step closer to my goal of having fun while working in creative ways. I like how everyone opened up, and it was a safe space to speak. Everyone was so positive, and it was encouraging.”

“The stories from the camp leaders were inspiring and encouraging,” student Khaye Roberston said. “The camp was helpful in supporting us with finding out where we fit in the fashion community. The highlight for me was learning about each other through our own fashion and how fashion is expressed in our communities.”

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