London Florence: Leather Craftsmanship - Fashion and Accessories

Summer School 2017

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This course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins Fashion Design experience while in London, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative. The course focuses on contemporary leather craftsmanship for fashion and accessories...

Taught by: Stephanie Cooper, Elisa Palomino, Angelo Imperatrice.

Description

This course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins Fashion Design experience while in London, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative. The course focuses on contemporary leather craftsmanship for fashion and accessories. A key element of the course will be utilising and developing your research skills. You will research contemporary British designers using leather in their collections identifying their trademark characteristics. You will learn how to incorporate such elements into your own work to give you a distinctive style. You will explore your ideas by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources as the starting point for creative design research. You will then go on to develop and interpret your research ideas into garment designs, leather samples and embroideries. A series of workshops led by industry professionals will cover pattern-making and fashion illustration. You will explore a range of different techniques to present your ideas to an advanced portfolio standard. 

Research will also include a trip to key British stockists (Dover Street Market, Browns, Liberty, Harvey Nichols) to enable you to capture the current British Fashion scene. You will also do research trips to the V&A, as well as Eats London studios, stores galleries and nightlife. Research will be captured in your sketchbook, through drawings, photos, test samples, fabric swatches and notes. 

During the course you will start to turn your two dimensional concepts into 3D prototypes and textile samples. There will be drawing workshops, which will help you to develop your Fashion own individual drawing style. 

The course will take you through a series of individual and group tutorials and by the end of the week you will have created a significant portfolio of work, designed a collection of 6 looks inspired by the work you completed on your personal universe. The looks will be properly illustrated and accompanied by extensive research, colour palette supplemented with additional fabric research, prints and fabric manipulation.

In Florence you will continue with your design work, during which time you will research the definition of ‘Made in Italy’ in contemporary fashion and the strong tradition of Florentine historical leather craftsmanship, which also influences the contemporary Italian Fashion designers. Research will include a trip to key Italian stockists. You will also do research trips to the Salvatore Ferragamo museum, the Anthropological museum, as well as stores, galleries and nightlife. Research will be captured in your sketchbook, through drawings, photos, souvenirs, test samples, fabric swatches and notes. 

During the course you will start to turn your two dimensional concepts into fabric samples and 3D prototypes. 

By the end of the fourth week you will have designed a collection of 6 looks inspired by the work you completed on your personal universe and seen through the eyes of the italian lifestyle and the Italian leather Design tradition. The looks will be properly illustrated and accompanied by extensive research, colour palette supplemented with additional fabric research, and fabric manipulation. 
You will produce by the end of the fourth week a leather garment, shoe or bag prototype depending of your area of specialisation.

Project Description

  • Design a contemporary fashion collection based on the course brief specifically designed by the tutors to challenge your preconceived ideas about fashion
  • You will need to apply original research, design development  pattern cutting and accessories prototyping to create an ambitious final collection 

Course Aims

  • Be able to apply original research for fashion, Fashion design, Accessories design, observational drawing, draping, pattern cutting, accessories prototyping and design development through to finished designs, realised in garment form and accessory prototype
  • Be able to present portfolio clearly 

Learning Outcomes

  • An ability to research concepts which can be developed into design (Research)
  • An ability to translate research concepts into creative design solutions in response to a brief (Analysis)
  • Applied knowledge of pattern-cutting and garment construction skills as well as accessories prototyping and techniques appropriate to the course (Technical competence)
  • Research skills through the synthesis of primary and secondary sources and demonstrate those skills in the development of a coherent argument (Research & Analysis)
  • An increased ability to communicate ideas/concepts through oral and visual presentation (Communication and presentation) 

Tutor information

Stephanie Cooper works as a freelance designer on projects internationally and also works as a fashion stylist. She is tutor on BA Fashion at CSM and a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Arts.

Elisa Palomino is Senior Lecturer and Pathway tutor on BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins. Elisa is a Spanish born designer who has graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fashion Design and has worked in some of the most prestigious Fashion Houses, including Moschino, Roberto Cavalli and Christian Dior Haute Couture.  She was appointed Head of Studio for John Galliano, where she worked for eight years. Most recently Elisa Palomino held the position of Vice President of Design for Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010 Elisa Palomino launched her own collection during New York Fashion Week. This first collection is bought in its entirety by Dolce & Gabbana for the opening of the concept store SPIGA 2. Further stockists include; Couturelab (London), Ra (Antwerp and Paris), Eleonora (Rome), Rail (Brescia), Liliane Romi (Paris), Al Ostoura (Kuwait), Front Row (Beirut), Harvey Nichols & Mayass (Riyadh). Elisa?s collections have been showcased at Milano On Stage, Milano Loves Fashion, AltaRoma and Cibeles Madrid. Having moved her creative studio to London, Elisa has shown at London Fashion Week. http://www.elisapalomino.com


Angelo Imperatrice is Polimoda’s genuine Master Artisan in Footwear. At his birthplace near Potenza in the South of Italy he started in 1948 as an apprentice cobbler when he was only 11 year old. At 18 he moved to Florence and joined in an atelier his brother had improving his craftmanship and learning as a trainee the modern assemblage processes using machinery. A decade later Angelo pursued his career working in several well-known Florentine Shoemakers Ateliers like Albion and Manetti and became head of studio. For twenty years he developed prototypes and led the production of limited editions for Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Trussardi and others. After a career of 45 years he started to teach, and since 2002 he joined the faculty at Polimoda. Several of his pupils have become succesful Shoemakers and Footwear Designers.


Materials

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