COSTA MESA — The girls sat in silence on the floor and in chairs, scrutinizing nine different dresses made in 30 minutes using only tissue paper and pushpins.
Lined along one of the room's glass walls, the group of nine, ranging in age from 8 to 12, cast their anonymous ballots for the best dress.
Though they weren't exactly secret ballots.
"How do you spell your name?" whispered Chloe Parsel, 8, to the girl sitting next to her, Kiley Grier, 12.
Tuesday morning's competition, which was more fun than contest, was just one activity at a weeklong session of Fashion Camp OC in the OC Mart Mix.
The summer camp hosts different sessions for kids, teens and college-age students interested in learning about the fashion industry — from draping and design, to fashion shows and photo shoots.
For the recent activity, the girls were asked to sketch, then create, their dream dresses.