Fashion for Kids and Teens

Columbus Fashion Alliance hosts first internship for Black teens

Standing in front of a full-length mirror, Christian Dowdy styled customer Ryan Newman, pulling the tan T-shirt out from under the black floral hoodie and letting the tee peak out a bit.  

After the slight adjustment, Dowdy, 18, couldn’t help but smile.  

Not only was the teen showing Newman how to look good in his new outfit, but Dowdy had helped design the tee and sweatshirt Newman was wearing as part of the Future of Fashion summer internship program.  

“To see our creations on anyone’s back – I can’t wait to see them on the streets and think, ‘Oh man, we did that,’” Dowdy said.  

Dowdy, a recent graduate of Harvest Preparatory School, is one of 16 Black teens from central Ohio in the two-month, immersive internship that culminated this week in the release of the clothing collection, Industry Plant, at a storefront in the Short North.