Fashion Design & Digital Printing for Fashion
PATHWAY* · DIGITAL PRINTING FOR FASHION
Additional study for core course · 2 weeks
The digital application for textile ideas suits the fast pace of fashion and luxury: this course introduces this contemporary technique in printing. Participants gain an understanding of appropriate fabrics and materials used in digital textile design, and the key processes and methods used in today’s fashion industry. They learn about subject and sub-strate suitability for a creative design idea, an awareness of sustainability in processes, and how to conduct basic research, develop and create original prints for fashion. The course will cover key notions in 3D printing, acquiring skills in creating innovative design proposals, as well as how to collaborate with trend books development for textile companies and the role of the independent print designer.
In the first week creative research methods and the artistic approach to textiles are the starting points aimed at generating visual imagery for print design. Participants move on to study the techniques, process and methods of contemporary print approaches and methods of designing, which can feed the digital process in textiles design, while also looking at contemporary dying techniques. This week gives participants have the opportunity to develop ideas and composition through repeat print designs ready to take to production, generating a series of final paper designs or fabric swatches that will be presented at the end of the course.
They are encouraged to consider and interpret fashion trends and apply this in their own unique individual style and personal vision, in order to create the final design ideas that can be contextualised in the current fashion panorama.
Participants will be given a further overview of the international fashion and art scene that influences print design, both past and present. More advanced theory in print engineering including serigraphy, digital placement, various alternative repeat printing and 3D printing, will be introduced, in order to gain a more complex and complete knowledge of processes used in textiles production. The increased use of natural, recycled and sustainable materials and processes in printed textile design will also be subject of discussion during the second week. At the end of the course participants will be able to communicate an individual range of print design ideas, reinterpreting the heritage craft of print with a contemporary feel.
*Pathways are 1-2 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.