Fashion for All
Fashion Design Training Program
Fashion for All is Mtree’s creative, skill-building fashion design program for teenagers and young adults in communities where opportunities to learn fashion design and encouragement for unique self-expression are limited or never sought out.
Based on Mtree's creative design curriculum, international volunteer artists and designers interact with teenagers aged 12-18 in a stimulating, positive, and collaborative hands-on environment using the medium of fashion. The program introduces skills varying in sewing, draping, dying, and pattern making to inspire and design one’s final garment.
In developing communities, the arts, especially fashion design is rarely a learning priority or a necessity. However, dynamic interactions with international volunteer designers encourage participating young people to exercise their creative thinking using fashion design as a new tool. Students are free to incorporate cultural elements and values into their work, seek innovative design solutions and most of all discover their hidden talent. Our ultimate goal is to empower young people through this program by giving them a safe atmosphere to express their uniqueness and talents, providing skills and networking opportunities in fashion design world that may lead to career in this field.
Since its launch in summer 2012, the program has provided basic fashion design skills and materials to teenagers and young adults in Benin and Kenya in partnership with local governments and international fashion business collaborators. We held two local fashion runway shows with garments produced by participating students and plan to collaborate with international fashion shows in the future.