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'Eco-Style' Fashion Camp Teaches Young Designers to Go Green

 Ware is hosting an 'eco-style' fashion camp for young girls in July and August 2013.
Lesley Ware, Founder of the Creative Cookie
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RED HOOK — This summer’s latest trend? Think green.

The Creative Cookie, a blog and Red Hook studio boutique, is hosting an "Eco-Style Camp" for kid fashionistas looking to design and create in an eco-friendly way.

For two years, Lesley Ware, the blog and studio’s founder, has been teaching girls and adults about the elements of fashion and design. Her classes include topics like sewing and crafting classes for young girls and open studio workshops for older students and adults.

“It’s whatever they want to dream and create,” said Ware, who has let her class design anything from bedrooms to Halloween costumes. 

Ware launched the studio last year after the success of “The Creative Cookie” blog, on which she covered Fashion Week and Victoria Secret’s fashion show.

At the "Eco-Style Camp," Creative Cookie’s first summer session held in July and August, Ware will teach 7- to 12-year-old girls about the green side of fashion through do-it-yourself clothing and accessory design, she said.

The workshop will mostly use recycled products, said Ware, 35, who encourages her students to bring in old T-shirts, yarn, plastic bags, paints and even tablecloths that could be turned into a dress or a pair of shorts.

“This is an opportunity to take a moment and be mindful of what you’re wearing,” said Ware, who is writing a “guide for pre-teen fashionistas” and hopes to start her own line of jewelry and accessories.

The camp costs from $77 for a single day, $231 for three days and $385 for five days. Through a grant from the Citizens Committee for New York City, Red Hook residents who were affected by Hurricane Sandy can apply for a full scholarship.

The designer, who lives in Bed-Stuy, added that well-known fashionistas will be speaking to the class of eight girls at her studio, located at 183 Lorraine St.

Students will end the camp with a “green runway show,” where they will model their designs from the week. A hair and nail stylist will get the girls ready for the big performance, said Ware, adding that a professional photographer will be in for a photo-shoot.

And the fun doesn’t end with fashion. Cora Dance will be partnering with the camp to teach and choreograph a dance that will be performed at the final event.

“We’re encouraging girls to be more conscious about fashion,” Ware said.

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