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. 

Sustainability: Design and Make

Saturday Class: March 30, April 6, 13, 20,  10 - 4pm
Ages 14-18
Cost: $345

We have partnered with thrift store Found by The Pound for this 4-week course that dives into the subject of sustainability. Using existing garments from Found by the Pound’s vast collection, students will use machine and hand sewing techniques to transform and remake with minimal waste. Students’ creativity will be super-charged as they consider all aspects of design and manufacture. Over 4 Saturdays students will produce a mood and range board, a new-from-old garment and will gain a greater understanding of the complex social, environmental, political and business implications of sustainability. We will also look at the role of sustainability as a growing career path in fashion. This 4-week course will stretch the students as design thinkers and problem solvers.

Taught by Jo Flannery, a fashion professional from the UK with many years experience working with designers, manufacturers, design agencies and universities. Her classes are pre-college level and will help you to understand how to get from idea to reality. 

Register Here.

Draping on the Form

Saturday Class: May 18 , 10am - 1pm
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.

Fashion Editorial

June 3-7, 9-3pm 
Ages 14-18

The fashion editorial intensive will allow students to learn about all aspects of developing a printed fashion publication in the digital age, from ideas to inception. This class is perfect for students who would like to extend the expression of their fashion ideas. Students will learn how to pitch their ideas, write editorial copy, interview, style a spread, discuss themes and layout through a series of group and partner projects that will be led by Sarah Stallman. At the end of the class, students will have created a collaborative printed publication that they can use for their portfolios and share with family and friends.  

Register Here.

Sneaker School

Saturday August 17 2019, 10am - 4pm
Ages 16 - 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


Screen Shot 2019-01-24 at 5.16.33 PM.png