Brooklyn Public Library Launches BKLYN Fashion Academy

Mode en couleurs runway show

The enspire them “Les Sapeurs”

Friday, May 11th 2018

7pm Registration
8pm Runway Fashion Shows
10pm After Party

Brooklyn Public Library
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn NY 11238

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The twelve-week program, hosted at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Branch in concert with Pratt Institute’s Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator (BF+DA) and Mood Fabrics, will provide fifteen aspiring fashion designers with a practical education, studio time, library resources and contact with professional designers and outside organizations to help them market their brands, produce their collections, and sell their products– all for free. The program will hinge on the history and fashion of Les Sapeurs, a Congolese subculture dedicated to the cult of style as a way to transcend severe poverty. Les Sapeurs, or members of the Societe des Ambianceurs et des Personnes Elegantes (the Society of Tastemakers and Elegant People), weave together bright colors and suave, elegant style to turn the streets of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of the Congo, into a nightly fashion show.

About Brooklyn Public Library:

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) is an independent library system for the 2.5 million residents of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest library system in the United States with 60 neighborhood libraries located throughout the borough. BPL offers free programs and services for all ages and stages of life, including a large selection of books in more than 30 languages, author talks, literacy programs and public computers. BPL’s eResources, such as eBooks and eVideos, catalog information and free homework help, are available to customers of all ages 24 hours a day at our website:

About Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator

The Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, launched by Pratt Institute in 2014, is building a pipeline to the future of apparel in New York. The BF+DA will assist the designers with creating successful and ethical businesses by utilizing the BF+DA’s on-site sustainability resource center to optimize the complete lifecycle of their designs in order to reduce human health impacts, ecological impacts, resource use, and incorporate ethical production methods.