Teen Stylin’ Program

teenstylin1Stylin’: Engineered

Established in 2005, Teen Stylin’ offers valuable assistance and guidance to students with a passion for clothing design, studio arts, installation art, and sculpture. Over the course of a semester, more than 80 Virginia student designers in grades 6 through 12 will construct one-of-a-kind wearable works of art inspired by the annual special exhibition theme and works of art in the VMFA permanent collection. These creations will be featured during the Stylin’ runway exhibition on May 6, 2016, as the VMFA First Friday Sculpture Garden event (rain alternate: May 13).

Stylin’ instructors along with Hack.RVA members will support students in constructing garments that support movement, mechanisms, electrical lighting, and more. Students may look forward to applying for one of the two offerings: Stylin’ Independent Study (available to statewide students or students who have previously participated in the Stylin’ program; unlimited enrollment) and Stylin’ Campus Series (on-site programming open to all Virginia students in grades 6 through 12; enrollment limited to 40 participants).

About Hack.RVA

Hack.RVA, first and foremost, provides a community where people can come together in order to learn, make, gain new skills and hack to their hearts’ content. We pride ourselves in educating and reaching into our community in order to engage others, improve ourselves and encourge community growth.

Instructor Bios:

Shellie Lunquist is currently an electrical engineering senior at VCU. Before deciding to get her degree in engineering, she was an electrical maintenance technician, and for the last 17 months has worked as an electrical engineer in the industrial world. She leads the women’s division of Hack.RVA and has spent much time focusing on encouraging STEM and STEAM learning throughout the Richmond area.

Mo Regulinski, wearable-art artist, instructor, and costume designer, began her tenure with Teen Stylin’ in 2005, right at the launch of the program. She has acted as the lead instructor ever since, working with over 600 student designers and models to promote critical thinking, creativity, problem solving, and amazing designs. Mo studied at University of Southern California where she received her MFA in theatrical design.

Jessica Bauserman, VMFA Teen Stylin’ Program Coordinator since 2008, began her involvement with Teen Stylin’ during a service learning project in 2005 while studying art education at Virginia Commonwealth University. She has taught secondary students for ten years through extracurricular programs concentrating on leadership, creative problem solving, studio arts, and art history. Jessica graduated from VCU in 2003 with a BFA in sculpture.

teenstylinworkshopTeen Stylin’ Campus Series, Training Sessions

All dates are Saturdays unless noted otherwise

Schedule I: Open to grades 6–12, 10 am–1 pm
Enrollment: 20 students
Feb 20 and 27 | Mar 5, 12, 19, and 26 | Apr 2, 9, 16, and 23

Schedule II: Open to grades 9–12, 2–5 pm
Enrollment: 20 students
Feb 20 and 27 | Mar 5, 12, 19, and 26 | Apr 2, 9, 16, and 23 

Teen Stylin’ Rehearsal and Events

  1. Dress Rehearsal, Sat, Apr 30, 5–9 pm, Rain Alternate: Sun, May 1 or Sat, May 7
  2. Runway Event, Fri, May 6, 5–9 pm, Rain Alternate: Fri, May 13


Best in Show
Best Use of Alternative Materials & Creative Construction
Best Interpretation of a Work of Art
Best Interpretation of the Theme
Best Use of Engineered Materials
Most Wearable
Best Male or Female Model*

Judging will take place on the day of the event. For each award category, designers in grades 6–8 will compete for a Fashion Designer Portfolio Kit valued at $400 and designers in grades 9–12 will compete for a free trip to New York City. Students in grades 9–12 are eligible to win runner-up in all categories except Best in Show. Runners-up will receive a Fashion Designer Portfolio Kit valued at $250.

*Models compete for $100 VMFA Shop Gift Certificate

6–8 Grade Fashion Designer Portfolio Kit
Set of 48 Chisel Tip Prismacolor Markers
Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

9–12 Grade Runner-up Fashion Designer Portfolio Kit
Set of 24 Chisel Tip Prismacolor Markers
Janome 2212 Sewing Machine

Select fashion renderings of Teen Stylin’ participants will be displayed in the Art Education Center May 6, 2016–Jun 19, 2016. Garments of winners will also be displayed May 11, 2016–Jun 19, 2016.

Program consultation and volunteer support for Teen Stylin’: Engineered is provided by Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Engineering and Hack.RVA.

Teen Stylin’ 2016 is generously supported in part by RBC Foundation.