Accessories Design


This course introduces participants to the world of fashion accessories that accounts to be a key revenue stream of any luxury fashion brand. The course takes participants from basic drawing and colouring techniques; the main tools needed to express design ideas, through to the visual representation of them based on the current fashion trends. After three weeks students will have a complete proposal for a fashion accessories collection, with work that is ready for progression into final illustrations in a professional digital format. This short intensive course provides a real feel of the fast paced work of the accessories designer.

Weekend 1

During the first weekend participants work on accessory drawing and illustration techniques using three different methods; pencil drawing, colouring by hand, as well as insights into digital design.

Weekend 2

A series of seminars provide participants with the fundamentals of the accessories fashion business, looking at how it operates and how trends in uence the design process. This serves as a base for visual and creative research – the starting point of any fashion accessories collection. Participants may select a trend to use as a base for their collection.

Weekend 3

During the third weekend research practice assists the development of the accessories collection in order to propose a strong concept, with participants sketching a variety of items, that may include for example: bags, shoes, small leather goods, or eyewear and jewellery. Participants understand how to put a design range together, as well as considering a variety of traditional and new materials suitable for use in their own collection.

Weekend 4

By the fourth weekend digital and hand illustration becomes less experimental and more defined in order to achieve the skills to reproduce, on paper, the look and texture of the materials that participants have chosen to work with. Focus is placed on putting together a body of work for a final presentation of the collection, suitable for clients or companies. This includes full-colour illustrations, moodboards, technical charts and creative supporting data.

Weekend 5

The study of Fashion Semiotics starts in the fifth weekend, giving a brief insight into the world of consumer behaviour; decoding the way we use iconic fashion accessories items to ‘identify’ ourselves or to stand out from the crowd. Participants begin to understand the in fiuence accessories have on fashion, style, and the consumer.

Weekend 6

At the end of the course individual collections are finalised and shown to tutors and peers as a way to practice giving a convincing presentation of accessories design ideas and concepts.

Upon successful completion of the course, the participants will be awarded an Istituto Marangoni Certificate. The executive short courses are suited to those with skills already obtained through prior learning or through working in the disciplines or in a related context.

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