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Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Announces Expansion of Youth Fashion Design Program with Gerard Dislaire

Idyllwild, CA, November 26, 2012 --( The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program announced today the addition of a second fashion design course to include both beginning and advanced fashion design to its summer course offering for its Youth Arts Center program.

For teens who are interested in learning the basics of fashion design, the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program has expanded its program to include advanced fashion design. Summer Program Director Steve Fraider commented, “We are very pleased to have fashion industry design icon Gerard Dislaire leading the program. Last summer's class was a tremendous success, so much so that we’ve added an advanced class so that last year’s students can continue to expand their skills. Mr. Dislaire is an expert in his field and he really understands the concept to construction process and is excellent at communicating, which is key, with his students.”

During two-week sessions, students create their own brand, determine their potential customer, and design a line of clothing that speaks to that client. Dislaire commented on his teaching style, saying, “I use my own experiences without drowning them in technical details. My goal is for my students to learn how a real fashion company works. When students leave this class they have a portfolio that provides several routes for continuing their exploration of fashion design.” Offered as part of the Visual Arts curriculum, the course culminates with a fashion show.

Dislaire, in addition to leading design operations of the men’s line at Juicy Couture, has designed exclusive fabrics and prints at Chantal Thomass, styled and staged fashion shows in Paris and Tokyo, and created and marketed denim fabrics for major brands in Europe and the United States. More recently, he has been curating vintage clothing for events such as A Current Affair in Los Angeles and The Manhattan Vintage Show.

Fraider continued, “How often can a teenager take a fashion design course where they can learn how to create a garment from concept to construction from one of the industry experts, who just happens to be the former vice-president of Juicy Couture? Mr. Dislaire is just one example of the many, many experts that we have on staff at Idyllwild Arts. “Our program prides itself on several points, the first of which is the quality of the teaching staff. Our instructors are experts in their fields, and many are well-known world-wide,” commented Fraider.

The Idyllwild Arts Summer Program offers courses in three age groups: Children’s Center (ages 5-12), Junior Artists Center (ages 11-13) and the Youth Arts Center (ages 13-18). Campers in each age group are offered the opportunity to explore the arts and tap into their creative energies across six categories: Dance, Film, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Writing.

In addition to their coursework, students have plenty of art-centered fun and downtime. There are plenty of opportunities for budding artists to be kids with evening movies, field trips, hiking, swimming, field trips, and pool parties and experience life on campus that is very similar to an academy student.

Many summer students decide to apply for admission to the prestigious Idyllwild Arts Academy, and later return as college students to as camp counselors, much like Fraider. “One thing that we keep hearing over and over again from our campers is how nice our counselors are,” he added with a smile.

A limited number of scholarships are available and interested students are encouraged to apply. A full course catalog will be available online December 1st at

Registration is set to begin on February 1st, 2013.

The Idyllwild Arts Foundation, which supports the Academy and Summer Program, was founded in 1946 by Dr. Max Krone and his wife, Beatrice, to fulfill their dream of “creating a remote place where people of all backgrounds could come together to experience the arts.”

Idyllwild Arts Academy is a fully-accredited, college-preparatory academics and preprofessional arts training boarding school that hosts approximately 300 students from the United States and around the world. Idyllwild Arts Academy is located at 52500 Temecula Drive, Idyllwild, CA 92549.

For more information, call 951.659.2171.

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