Fashion Design & Underwear and Lingerie Design
PATHWAY* · UNDERWEAR & LINGERIE DESIGN
When we think of a fashion collection we tend to think of garments that cover the body, for men or women alike. However, underwear and lingerie is another hugely important sector in the fashion industry. People want to be fashionable and ‘feel good’ under their clothes, and this desire pushes continuous sales for different products and styles in the sector. To come up with a successful underwear collection means combining sensuality and comfort, together with style that takes varying needs into account. Going beyond the technical-constructive aspects of underwear clothing, this course also takes a look at key creative factors and trend analyses.
Participants on this course are guided in the production of innovative ideas for underwear and lingerie design, with the aim of putting together a basic collection for a well-defined market. Working from a brief evaluation of trends the course also fosters inspiration for their own collections. Suitable fabric and colour selection are fundamental parts in the creative development process. All these creative aspects, together with technical and constructive elements analysed along the way, encourage the design of garments that respond to industry demands, and to a clientele that is always in search of new and original products.
*Pathways are 1-2 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.
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.