Fashion Design & Fabric Manipulation
PATHWAY* · FABRIC MANIPULATION
Additional study for core course · 2 weeks
Weeks 1 · 2
Structured as a creative textile workshop this course demonstrates various fabric stitching techniques as well as applique, beading, dyeing, and felting. Participants are also encouraged to experiment with a variety of surface manipulation skills through creative experimentation in textiles that may include for example distressing, folding or pleating.
They are encouraged to develop and build on their own work, bringing together a variety of skills to create a series of textile swatches that relate to their own ability and creativity.
Participants may choose to work on a textile book of technical swatches, discovering along the way just how their own swatches may be developed and used in today’s fashion, design and creative industries.
*Pathways are 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.