Fashion Design & Bridalwear design
PATHWAY* · BRIDALWEAR DESIGN
Additional study for core course · 1 week
The bridal gown has always been the ultimate aesthetic expression of the wedding celebration, as well as a moment of social recognition in every cultural system. The objective of the course is to consider the bridal gown as a communicative, cultural and social phenomenon and to provide the some of the key tools for planning and designing a collection of bridalwear.
Participants will evaluate the different ways of dressing at weddings in contemporary society. They will analyse the world of the bridal gown and its market references (ateliers and fashion designers, specialised exhibitions and magazines).
During the week they will look at the relationship between style and fabric, including basic techniques in draping by experimenting with traditional fabrics such as taffeta and silk to more unusual materials such as raffia, velvet, matelassé or eco-fur. At the end of the course participants are encouraged to develop ideas for a coherent, contemporary collection or moodboard that conveys innovation and creativity for the Bridal market.
*Pathways are 1 week study courses that focus on a particular theme or skill within a main study area. These courses are available as an addition to core courses.
This short course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of fashion design, how to formulate ideas and translate them into a visual representation. Participants will be introduced to key notions in the fashion design process and to basic drawing and illustration techniques. The course also explores the role of the fashion designer via a vocational learning approach.
COURSE THEMES · CORE COURSE
The start of the course introduces fashion drawing and design techniques followed by an analysis of the founding principles of developing a fashion collection including: silhouette, colour charts, fabrics and accessories, right through to the design and creation of outfits. Participants are then introduced to the fashion silhouette, colour palettes, the appropriate use of fabrics, and the principle financial considerations of designing for fashion.
Starting from creative research to foster personal inspiration, participants are guided to design and develop ideas into basic silhouettes and coordinate outfits with fabric and colour selection. The focus on trend research looks into its origins together with market relevance, and a brief analysis on how trends influence and help form a contemporary collection. Participants put into practice the acquired knowledge and prepare a basic collection of work.