Introduction to Haute Couture Tailoring – Part 1

This course offers a taster of authentic French haute couture tailoring as it is practiced and taught in Paris. You will be introduced to some highly skilled hand-executed techniques used for the creation of exclusive custom-fitted garments. Focussing on the construction of a woman’s jacket, you will be taken through various core techniques following a step-by-step approach...

Taught by: Gilles Avenard.

Description

This course offers a taster of authentic French haute couture tailoring as it is practiced and taught in Paris. You will be introduced to some highly skilled hand-executed techniques used for the creation of exclusive custom-fitted garments. Focussing on the construction of a woman’s jacket, you will be taken through various core techniques following a step-by-step approach.

By the end of the course you will have learned and developed a number of hand-stitching skills and couture tailoring constructions and techniques. Being an introductory course, it does not propose that students make a complete haute couture jacket. However, you will construct some of its key elements such as the front, back, sides and collar, which will give you the opportunity to practice and master some unique skills.

Who should take this course?

Fashion designers and fashion students interested in learning some core techniques specific to haute couture tailoring.

Topics covered

  • marking out fabric
  • following strait grains
  • pad stitches
  • hand stitches
  • mounting on the stand

In order to aid your learning, we will show you made samples, pictures and video.

Entry requirements: You should already be experienced in how to use an industrial sewing machine.

Level: Beginners 

Tutor information

Gilles Avenard is an haute couture tailor with over 20 years’ experience at some of the world’s most prestigious French haute couture houses such as Christian Dior, Givenchy and Chanel. He trained at the renowned Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne. Giles is also an Associate lecturer on BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins and at the Royal College of Art. For more information and samples of his work, see Giles Avenard’s website: http://www.gillesavenard.com/

Materials

 

Please bring the following materials to the first session:

  • 30 cm ruler (plastic or metal)
  • French curve •
  • Chalk
  • Sewing cotton thread
  • Thimble
  • Pencil and black pen
  • Needles

Material that will be provided by Central Saint Martins:

  • We will provide wool fabric for you to work with
  • Stands
  • Industrial sewing machines
  • Iron
  • Steamer

Details for booking

DateDay of WeekTimeDurationCostStatusLocationAction
22/10/2016 - 19/11/2016Saturdays10:00 - 16:005 Weeks£630Available Granary Sq. - N1C Add to Basket