In this three-hour workshop, fashion designer and illustrator Carrie Mills will introduce participants to the process of fashion design and the art of creating a personal fashion line. The workshop will begin with Mills guiding the class through the works showcased in Lee Alexander McQueen & Ann Ray: Rendez-Vous for inspiration. Then, she will lead several hands-on fashion design exercises, teaching techniques and approaches that participants can use to craft their own unique collections. Each student will receive their own sketchbook to begin their creative process, along with handouts to guide and inspire them.

About the Instructor

Referred to as a “Renaissance woman” by Nashville Woman magazine, Brooklyn-born Carrie Mills is an artist, fashion designer, stylist, illustrator, singer, songwriter, and columnist. At age 16, she was awarded a scholarship to study fashion design and art history at Parsons School of Design and The New School. She went on to design for Anne Klein in Manhattan, eventually branching out to design handbags and business products.

Upon moving to Nashville, Mills designed a line of vests sold in prestigious Nashville boutiques and worn by numerous country and pop music stars including Blackhawk, Brooks and Dunn, Diamond Rio, The Mavericks, and Ringo Starr. Her fashion illustrations, paintings and collages have been exhibited in several Nashville galleries and can be found in numerous private collections. Her jewelry designs can be found at the ’Darlin boutique and the J Galleries at Gordon JCC showcase. Mills has also run a successful fashion camp for children for over ten years at the Gordon JCC, where she is the curator for the J Galleries. She is also head of programming for the arts at the Madeline Pargh Arts and Crafts Center.

Her work as a fashion stylist and art director with her photographer son, Garrett Mills, can be found at @carrie.mills on Instagram and

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