House of Strut, a vintage clothing store in the Starland District is set to host the third annual Kids Fashion Bootcamp.
Owner Erica C. Jarman created the Kids Fashion Bootcamp as a week-long, hands-on fashion workshop and camp for children ages 5 to 12. The camp focuses on educating and supporting the campers on various disciplines of fashion, including styling, design and creation, up-cycling, jewelry techniques, a history on decades of fashion, professional hair and make-up and runway execution.
Most importantly, campers are encouraged to evolve their personal style, appreciate and accept their bodies all while building self-confidence and courage.
“The idea originated in the summer of 2016,” Jarman said. “I was asked by a friend if her fashion interested 7-year-old daughter could intern with me for a week. I took on the little fashionista and covered all basics of fashion with her in a week, from floor sales to styling.
“That experience triggered an idea to create a fashion camp for kids where I would introduce many disciplines of design, encourage their creativity and engage them in fashion, styling, up-cycling of garments and accessory/jewelry creation.
“It was only natural to create a runway show where the kids could showcase their hard work. It was important to me that the camp was accessible to all children, not just those whose parents could afford the fee. I then engaged Molly Lieberman from Loop It Up Savannah and offered full scholarships for kids who are excited about fashion in her program.”
Three years later, the project has seen a growth spurt and has grown supporters.
“The Kids Fashion Bootcamp has evolved and this year the campers will engage in a hands-on demonstration with children’s fashion label Lovelane Designs,” Jarman said. “Lane Huerta, owner and designer, was excited to create an in-studio demonstration of textile creation, where the children will engage in the entire process, absorbing her techniques while creating and printing custom patches for their garment designs.
“Lovelane’s fashion photographer, Jade McCully, is executing a studio photo shoot for each camper to be professionally photographed in their own fashion creations. We are grateful for the support of Averil Hull of JW Salon and make-up artist Courtney Rivers of Beatbycourt, who will guide campers on their models’ hair and make-up looks for the runway.
“This summer we plan to grow by upgrading the quality of materials and professional execution by giving them tools and ideas to design and create,” Jarman continued. “Campers will also be hands-on when it comes to grassroots promotion, hanging up posters, passing out fliers, inviting the community to the Kids Fashion Bootcamp Runway Show. I want them to be accountable for the hustle, to understand all the hard work that goes into executing a runway show. Within this process of promoting themselves, the campers will become more deeply engaged in their craft and take pride in the fruits of their labor, especially when the community shows up to support them.
Jarman said she hopes to have more young boys join the camp in the future. She hopes the camp helps build courage in Savannah youth.
“There are so many facets of fashion that children and parents don’t realize, from fashion photography, styling, jewelry creation, textile printing, sewing, creative direction, modeling, accessory creation,” Jarman said. “My wish is to expose them to as many functions within the industry and let them explore their own creative endeavors with confidence, courage and true acceptance within themselves.
“My goal is simple, I aspire that Savannahians can be inspired by the artists that live and create here and take fashion-action by allowing themselves to an exciting approach towards the development of their own personal style. It is an evolution, a tangible attitude, a direct reflection of the person you aspire to be. You are what you wear. Every day is a runway. “