future fashion: classes

Our educational programming for 2019!

Future Fashion is dedicated to exploring the fantastical world of fashion through creativity, design thinking and real world fashion expertise. In our classes you will learn how to design, make patterns, sew, and illustrate. 

Draping on the Form

Thursday Class: June 13th , 6pm - 9pm
Age 16 +
Cost: $75

Join Dorothy Jones, from St. Louis boutique ‘Bespoke,’ for a 3-hour class in the art of draping. Working on half-scale dress forms, you will learn how to drape and manipulate fabric to the body. You will learn how to create darts and seamlines and how to translate this into a paper pattern. Draping is the first step in learning how to create your own designs.

Register Here.

Sneaker School

Saturday August 17 2019, 10am - 4pm
Ages 14 - 18
Cost: $150

Join us for a very special one-day workshop in partnership with St. Louis company Elan Polo. Elan Polo is a global shoe design, sourcing and supply company that distributes over 45 million pairs annually. Students will be tapping into their immense expertise and learning the basics of footwear design. This will be a hands-on workshop covering design fundamentals and learning how to make a sneaker prototype.

Applications to apply to attend this special workshop should be addressed to:

Please include a statement of interest and, if possible, a jpeg of a clothing or shoe design.

Summer Fashion Intensive

We are also thrilled to announce the return of our Summer Fashion Intensive in partnership with COCA.


JUN 10–14 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $450.00

JUN 17–21 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $450.00

AGES 14 TO 18

Experience the exciting process of fashion design from start to finish in one fast-paced week at the Saint Louis Fashion Incubator, located in the heart of downtown St. Louis. During this action-packed intensive you will learn how to curate visuals with mood board skills, design a prototype garment, create and cut paper patterns, and sew a muslin using a variety of machine techniques. Our expert teachers guide you through each step. At the end of the week, you have the opportunity to present your finished ideas to an audience of fellow students and industry professionals. You also gain valuable insights into future careers in the fashion industry.


JUL 8–12 | 9:00AM–3:00PM | $450.00

AGES 16 TO 18

This intensive takes a deeper dive into the process of designing and making garments. Based at the Saint Louis Fashion Fund in downtown St. Louis, students build on the skill set learned in Intensive I. We spend more time working on the process of design—sketching initial ideas and producing technical drawings. Thinking about proportions and details, stitch types and fastenings, we expand our design, pattern making, and sewing skills. At the end of the week, you have produced a mood board, a design range board, and a detailed prototype garment. You present your ideas to your fellow students and industry professionals as part of a critique. Throughout the week you learn more about careers in the fashion industry.
Students need to have completed Intensive I or have intermediate sewing skills.


Interested students should submit 3-5 jpgs of their work and a statement of interest to Shawna Flanigan, Director of Arts Education & Program Development, at sflanigan@cocastl.org


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