Childrenswear Design (Online)

Kidswear has, for too long, been perceived by the fashion elite as a by-product of its adult counterpart. But this is not the case anymore as most luxury brands are currently launching or relaunching their kidswear collections alongside established, as well as young and emerging, specialist brands...

Taught by: Florence Blall.

Description

Kidswear has, for too long, been perceived by the fashion elite as a by-product of its adult counterpart. But this is not the case anymore as most luxury brands are currently launching or relaunching their kidswear collections alongside established, as well as young and emerging, specialist brands.

As regards to this market, the leading specialist brands are approaching it with a mix of sophistication, fun and modernist classicism. Always deeply routing their collections into the specific world of childhood not trying to make of children mini versions of their parents.

During this course, students will look at case studies of key players on the international scene in order to better comprehend how they put their ranges together.

They will look at themes, choices of prints and materials, use of colours, silhouettes and make details and, this way, students will explore their own take on the matter by producing mood boards, colour palettes, flat drawings and illustrations.

At the end of the course, students will have a comprehensive kidswear project to present in their portfolios.

Course level - All Levels

Who is the course aimed at?
Those who are considering kidswear for starting or furthering their careers in design

What will I take away from the course?
A comprehensive kidswear project to present in their portfolios

What are the key topics the course will cover?
Approaching kidswear as specific market with its own codes as far as design is concerned

What will the I achieve?

  • How to build moodboard, choose colour palette, select specific fabrics and design shapes for the kidswear market

How will the course be taught?

  • There will be an analysis of how kidswear is designed by established and emerging specialist brands
  • Project work

Course outline

Week 1: Presentation of key players in the kidswear market by the tutor. For the following week, the students must come with their own observational research on specialist brands
Indications from the tutor on how to select a theme and build a moodboard. What is a moodboard? What is its use? How to extract a colour palette from it. For the following week, the students must come with their own images to start working on their moodboards and colour palettes

Week 2: Moodboard and colour palette making and reviewing

Week 3: Print and silhouettes research

Week 4-5: Silhouettes design

Week 5-6: Flat drawings from templates + introduction to flat drawings on Illustrator

Week 7: Finalisation of 6 silhouettes + flat-drawings corresponding to 1 key silhouette

Week 8: Presentation of projects back to the group, Q and As



Tutor information

Florence Blall, studied fashion design and pattern cutting in France before completing her BA Fashion Design with menswear at Central St Martins. She has worked as designer for the like of Paul Smith and Kenzo, and as head designer for British kidswear label No Added Sugar. She is currently freelancing in both design and teaching in France as well as launching her own business.

Materials

Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Fashion (both kids and adults), photography, interior design etc... magazines to be cut into to create moodboards
  • Small cuttings of solid colour fabrics or yarns to create colour palettes
  • Any art material they feel confident drawing and colouring-up designs/silhouettes with (pencils, felt-tips, pantone markers, water-colours etc...)

Suggested Reading

Publications and their associated social medias:
- Kid's wear
- Milk
- Doolittle
- Vogue Bambini

Specialist Websites

www.smallable.com
www.centrecommercial.cc/fr/product/enfant/vetements

Please note, that students are encouraged to bring their portfolios or work, if they have any, to assess their level

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
25/10/2016 - 13/12/2016Tuesday10:30 - 12:008 Weeks£520Available Online Add to Basket