The BKLYN Fashion Academy had its first fashion show. The looks are fierce.

A new fashion academy in Brooklyn is focusing on decorators and models of color.

All photos courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The BKLYN Fashion Academy is a 12 -week intensive program that provides 15 aspiring womenswear decorators with the necessary tools to succeed in the fashion industry .

Leading the charge on the program’s design and curriculum is Brooklyn Library Outreach Specialist Lynnsie Augustin. She developed the program not only to create a space to feature the designers’ work, but also to provide them with the business knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in such a highly competitive industry.

“The BKLYN Fashion Academy became a way for designers to learn all they needed to know to go into business for themselves, as well as provide a space where they could work on their designs and have a stage where they could show them off, ” writes Augustin in an email.

Organized by the Brooklyn Public Library, the program has truly taken off. In addition to providing students with education and tools, the program culminated in the stunning Mode En Couleur Runway Show at the historic Brooklyn Library.