Fashion Design & Childrenswear Design
PATHWAY* · CHILDRENSWEAR DESIGN
Additional study for core course · 1 week
This specialisation course provides an essential study into the fascinating childrenswear market. Participants are introduced to key notions in the fashion design process for children: from designing and illustration techniques to trends. The course explores diverse types of collections, analysing styles and the various subdivisions in terms of age groups, alongside all of the necessary techno-constructive and safety characteristics required to create a suitable product. Participants are encouraged to create a basic individual design collection for childrenswear through a creative and professional learning approach.
Classes begin with an introduction to design styles for children, moving subsequently onto fashion design and product. Working from a brief evaluation of trends the course also encourages the creative development of an individual theme or pre-defined collection.
Colour pallets are analysed in order to choose the most appropriate fabrics for the product, while attention is also given to textile printing, for example one-off motif or repeat prints, used as a strong communicative element specific to the childrenswear market.
Participants are further encouraged to experiment with creative ideas that respond to market needs and create captivating products for the children’s fashion market.
*Pathways are 1 week study courses that focus on a particular theme or skill within a ‘core’ study area. Participants choose pathways as an add-on to their core course in order to undertake further study in their chosen subject.
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.