Cool Hunters London

An introduction to cool hunting and trend research for fashion using London as a source of inspiration. This is an increasingly crucial area for many large companies, fashion designers, stylists, makers and the fashion industry in general. If you are eager to learn about the emergence of trends and explore London's role in influencing trends worldwide, this course is a must...

Taught by: Jane Francis, Daniela Bomba.

Description

An introduction to cool hunting and trend research for fashion using London as a source of inspiration. This is an increasingly crucial area for many large companies, fashion designers, stylists, makers and the fashion industry in general. If you are eager to learn about the emergence of trends and explore London's role in influencing trends worldwide, this course is a must.

This course is also ideal for those who are unfamiliar with London and wish to explore some of the key cultural aspects of the capital that inform and reflect fashion trends.

Topics covered

  • We will visit key areas of London where trend prediction teams seek out the 'new' and 'underground', such as trendy markets and vintage clothing retailers.
  • We will explore the culture and influences that help to shape and reflect new trends: new designers and artists, cutting-edge magazines, contemporary exhibitions and street fashion.
  • You will be shown how to use the CSM library and source material.
  • You will be encouraged to develop your fashion research and communication skills by researching websites and blogs, taking photographs, keeping a journal and discussing your ideas and findings with your colleagues.

Who should take this course?

  • Students wishing to learn more about cool hunting, fashion trends and communication should benefit from the course.
  • Anyone wanting to explore the emergence of trends and trendy places around London’s cultural scene.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

Tutor information

Jane Francis is the course leader and a BA and Masters graduate of Fine Art. She has over thirty years of experience in the fashion industry. She founded her own label for womenswear and accessories in the 1980’s, retailing through Liberty, Hyper-Hyper, Harrods, Saks and Patricia Field. She went on to work professionally for Vivienne Westwood for over a decade, focusing on the creation, production and catwalk presentations of her collections specialising in fashion accessories, jewellery and footwear. She has held posts within CSM and UAL as a Senior Lecturer Foundation Studies (Fashion), Course Leader for BA (Hons) Fashion Jewellery and Fashion Accessories courses. Now she combines teaching with working as a freelance consultant, stylist and photographer to many international fashion brands and designers, including Ghost, Tank Magazine and TopShop. Jane draws on the experiences gained from working with fine art and the fashion industries, to inform her educational ethos: To encourage forward thinking, innovative and creative approaches to design, through experimental, academic and practical inquiry. You can find her on Instagram.


Daniela Bomba graduated from the MA in Womenswear from Central Saint Martins in 2010. She has worked for fashion labels including Luella and Maria Francesca Pepe and international clients including LPP in Poland. She is currently a freelance design consultant for LPP and a freelance Windows creative stylist for Selfridges.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Drawing kit - pens, pencils, eraser and sharpener
  • Colour felt tip markers, colour pencils, etc.
  • Pritt stick or glue stick
  • Camera (film or digital)
  • Zone 1 & 2 Travel card or Oyster card
  • Entry to the Museum or Gallery - Allow between £5 and £10
  • Personal Laptop - (optional/not essential)
  • Please wear comfortable shoes – there will be a lot of walking!

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
29/04/2017 - 27/05/2017Saturdays10:00 - 16:005 Weeks£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket
11/09/2017 - 15/09/2017Monday to Friday10:00 - 16:001 Week£545Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket