Where Fashion and Technology Meet!

Brookstone has a deep commitment to the professional development of our faculty. And because of that, three of our technology teachers, Becky Kenimer, Julie Sway, and Maria Reed had the opportunity to attend the FETC (Future of Educational Technology) Conference in Orlando earlier this month, where they had the privilege to meet Keynote Speaker, Reshma Saujani founder of Girls Who Code.

They were pretty excited about getting to meet Reshma in person, especially since Brookstone is the only school outside of Atlanta to have a Girls Who Code club. And there are only five in Atlanta!

Since then, they are making the most of this new found friendship and have been working with Reshma Saujani to get the four Brookstone girls from the 3-D Design and Modeling class and their 3-D printed fashion piece to one of the biggest fashion events of the year – the Met Gala.

The Met Gala, formally called the Costume Institute Gala and also known as the Met Ball, is an annual fundraising gala for the benefit of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute in New York City.

This is no small affair. Anna Wintour, editor and chief of Vogue Magazine, and Taylor Swift, of TAYLOR SWIFT, are the co-chairs for the event this year.  Tickets are $25,000 per person.

Let that just sink in for a moment.

But what does any of this have to do with 3-D Printing?

Well, the theme of the Met Gala this year is Fashion in an Age of Technology.

And for their class assignment, the girls have decided to print a 3-D gown and try to have it submitted as part of the Met Gala festivities.  What a beautiful blend of art and technology, creativity and tenacity.

And to make it happen, they will look for guidance from the best. This morning, the class was able to skype with designer Danit Peleg. Danit was the first person to design and 3-D print an entire fashion collection. (You can listen to Danit’s TED Talk by clicking here.)

They were in a Brookstone classroom and she was in her native Tel Aviv.


Danit Peleg

What’s even cooler is that she would take time out of her busy day to talk to four high school students from Brookstone School in Columbus, Georgia – to mentor them, advise them and be a part of their story.



So stay tuned for the next chapter! Dress designs are in the works and they are fabulous!

Whether or not they will make it to the Met, who knows? But they will have an incredible experience trying to get there.


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