In five years, Karen Lozner went from teaching a fashion class to owning her own school of fashion.Karen’s School of Fashion has grown to around 200 students and three locations in Marlboro, Fair Haven and Soho in Manhattan.
“I’ve always been a designer, and I love children and I love teaching,” Lozner said.
Lozner attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in Manhattan and, in addition to teaching, has a clothing line called Karen Elizabeth Couture.
“I’m still designing but the main thing is the school right now,” she said.
When Lozner first began teaching she started with drawing, pattern-making and sewing courses.
Now, her school offers design, sewing, textile design and engineering classes for children as young as 3 to adults.
The youngest students learn hand stitching to make small projects like pillows with the help of a parent, while children ages 5 to 7 learn more sophisticated hand stitching to make ragdolls.
Students ages 8 to 10 learn the basics of sewing on a machine and complete garments after sketching them, making the patterns and sewing them. The teen and adult classes are even more advanced.
In May, design students will present their work at a spring fashion show, and the engineering students will display their model rooms.
“We work based on theme and inspiration and the seasons,” Lozner said. In fashion, collections are designed well in advance, so students will be modeling their spring 2017 garments with a 1950s-inspired “Grease” theme.
“They model their own clothes and then I (will show) my clothing line as well,” Lozner said. “We have maybe about 150 kids walking down the runway modeling their own clothes so it’s great. It’s something to be proud of and I’m very proud.”