Teen Design Fair| Cooper Hewitt Museum

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Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Teen Design Fair at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC on July 13th, 2012. (Photos by Richard Patterson)

In my research for fashion design program opportunities in the DMV, I came across the Teen Design Fair. Why they didn’t have programs like this when I was a teen searching for anything I could find on fashion design? Just doesn’t seem fair. Anyway, every year during National Design Week, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, hosts the Teen Design Fair, where teens are invited to talk with top designers, like Cynthia Rowley and Project Runway mentor and former fashion educator, Tim Gunn. Designers working in the fields of fashion, product design, architecture, graphic design, to list a few talk to students one on one and allow students to learn about design careers from professional designers. The students discover career paths, learn exactly what designers do, and find out what designers love about their jobs. Also represented at the Teen Design Fair are colleges with design programs like Parsons, FIT and Pratt where students can get their college questions answered. I will absolutely make sure if I teach high school to make sure that my students are represented each year at the DC Teen Design Fair.

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