New York London: Fashion Design, Process and Practice
New York 19 June - 29 June 2017
London 4 July - 14 July 2017
(Travel days: 20 June - 3 July) / Course Fee £2900
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Please note that teaching in London is delivered by CSM short course tutors, and teaching in other cities is delivered by our partner institutions.
This course introduces students to the design principles and conceptual processes used when designing apparel. In NYC the focus will be on conceptual development, research methods, and visual presentations. In London students will learn about fashion construction, pattern cutting, draping and sewing...
Taught by: Sue Foulston, Steven Faerm.
This course introduces students to the design principles and conceptual processes used when designing apparel. In NYC the focus will be on conceptual development, research methods, and visual presentations. In London students will learn about fashion construction, pattern cutting, draping and sewing.
Learn and practice the various methods and principles for designing fashion that will help you achieve successful results. Learn to source and use inspirations, discover how fabric and color strengthen a designer’s viewpoint, and develop methods for creating dynamic fabric stories that form well merchandised groups - all which help you to refine your vision as a fashion designer. Find out what you need to be prepared for the professional world, including putting together a portfolio, writing a CV, and perfecting your interview techniques.
Vintage garments are a source of great inspiration to fashion designers. This course is aimed at students who want to discover the process behind fashion design. Some knowledge of sewing is beneficial.
The 20th Century can be said to mark the beginning of modern fashion. Women were freed from the tyranny of corsets, layers and layers of long skirted clothes and the daily ritual of dressing long hair. By the 1920's, hair was bobbed, dresses short, underwear soft and feminine, and the party began. Each following decade moved on, and had a distinct look of its own.
There is a preliminary research task before you join the course:
Choose one decade - from 1920 to 1980 - and using books, vintage magazines and the internet, gather images of your chosen decade - paying attention to not only the clothes but attendant events. What was going on around the clothes? World events? Social changes? What were accessories like? What was the role of women in your chosen decade? What was happening in Art?
The first week will be about your research and design development, both in the CSM fashion studios where you will develop designs in your sketchbook, and out and about where we will be visiting the amazing V&A archives and a selection of vintage shops in London, where you will purchase a vintage find.
The second week will be spent in the studio, where you will make a pattern and toile of your design, inspired by the previous week’s research and your vintage purchase. Understanding how to make clothes is a crucial factor in designing them.
The final day will be a studio presentation, where your work will be discussed with other students and the tutors, and feedback given.
You will be given a CSM sketchbook and 5 metres of calico for your toile. You will take home your sketchbook, toile and many great memories of London!
The total tuition hours for this course is 90 hours (45 hours in each city). During the course your work will be assessed and a record of your study, including a final grade, can be sent to your home institution for credit transfer purposes - subject to approval by your home institution.
You must check with your home institution prior to booking if you wish to transfer credit for this course. If you require a Record of Study and Achievement to be sent to your institution, please contact the short course office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sue Foulston is 1st year tutor on the BA Fashion course at Central St Martin's, across all the pathways - Womenswear, Menswear, Fashion Design and Marketing, Print and Knit. She has taught on the course since 1997 and took up the 1st year tutor position in 2000.
Steven Faerm (M.S.Ed.) is an Assistant Professor of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design (Program Director, 2007-2011). A Parsons alumnus (‘94) and Designer of the Year nominee, he began teaching in 1998 while working for designers Marc Jacobs and Donna Karan. Steven has been awarded The New School's University Teaching Excellence Award (2008) and the BFA Fashion Design Program's Teaching Excellence Award (2011).
Steven has created college and pre-college courses for Parsons and several international institutions, and has served as a program consultant for Rhode Island School of Design, Otis College of Art and Design, and Pratt Institute. He lectures internationally about fashion design education and pedagogy, and develops design and pedagogy workshops for institutions worldwide. Since 2012, he has co-produced an academic journal that examines fashion design education with The University of Palermo in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
His publications include two books that are available in seven languages: “Fashion Design Course: Principles Practice, and Techniques” (2010) and “Creating A Successful Fashion Collection: Everything You Need to Develop a Great Line and Portfolio” (2012). His scholarly research has been featured in leading academic journals and he currently serves as an editorial advisor for three publishing houses. Since 2008, Steven has served as a Board Member for The Arts of Fashion Foundation and Director for the Foundation's annual "Fashion.Edu" lecture series.
Steven's area of scholarship and research examines the future of fashion design education, pedagogy, and student development. He received his M.S.Ed. from Bank Street College of Education.
Please bring with you to the first session, New York:
11” x 14” (approximate) Spiral sketch book to be used as the design journal
Color Mediums---for final presentation sketches (markers are recommended)
Colored pencils in Black and White
Double stick and regular tape
Recommended Books (alphabetical by author)
Fashion: The Twentieth Century by Francois Baudot
Fashion Design Course: Principles, Practice, and Techniques: The Practical Guide for Aspiring Fashion Designersby Steven Faerm
Creating A Successful Fashion Collection: Everything You Need to Develop a Great Line and Portfolioby Steven Faerm
The Art of Manipulating Fabric by Collette Wolffe
Fashion Philosophy for Everyone:Thinking With Style.by Wolfendale, J. & Kennet, J. (Eds)
The End of Fashion: The Mass Marketing of the Clothing Business by Teri Agins
The Language of Fashion by Roland Barthes
The Story of stuff: How our obsession with stuff is trashing the planet, our communities, and our health—and a vision for change.by A. Leonard
When Clothes Become Fashion: Design and Innovation Systems by I. Loschek
A Whole New Mind:Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future by D. Pink
The Substance of Style by V. Postrel
Fashion Drawing by Michele Wesen Bryant
Please bring with you to the first session, London:
You will need to bring a camera and drawing equipment of your choice
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