Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Design Menswear
This 3-week course covers the full experience of a working menswear designer – covering research, subject knowledge and context, to design development...more information below
Taught by: Christopher New, Florence Blall, Louis Loizou and William Kroll
The course covers the full experience of a working menswear designer – covering research, subject knowledge and context, to design development. It then goes on to teach you the basics of garments construction, based on a vintage piece. The focus is looking at menswear as a “product’ rather than high-end fashion.
In order to achieve a three dimensional final outcome, together with 2D portfolio work, students are expected to be focused, self-sufficient and very hard working. Students are encouraged to take initiatives, to work independently, and to be willing to learn fast. A basic ‘block’ shape / pattern will be followed by the whole class, but there will be plenty of scope for individual students to personalise their own garment. Garment construction help will be provided and students expected to work independently to follow the design brief of the module. Tutors and technicians from BA Fashion Design Menswear plus relevant visits and industry guest lecturers will provide an authentic and intensive experience of Fashion Design Menswear at Central Saint Martins.
Christopher New started his career working for Paul Smith in the early 1980s. In 1984 he left to open his own retail shop in London’s Soho district. He soon expanded his retail and wholesale business, opening stores in New York and Tokyo, and wholesaling his collections to boutique stores worldwide. In 1997 he sold the business and took the post of course leader for BA Fashion Menswear at Central Saint Martins, but still doing freelance designing for a number of well-known UK brands. He remains as menswear Course Leader and is also Academic Quality Coordinator of the fashion programme.
Florence Blall studied fashion design and pattern cutting in France before completing her BA in Fashion Design Menswear at Central Saint Martins. She went on to work as a designer for Paul Smith and Kenzo and as head designer for British kidswear label No Added Sugar. She is currently teaching fashion as well as designing freelance and designing her own kids lifestyle label.
Louis Loizou is an accomplished pattern maker and garment construction expert. He worked for most of his industry career for the designer Nicole Farhi. He took the role as the leading academic for studio practice (menswear and knit) at Central Saint Martins in 1999 where he remains to the present day.
Please bring with you to the first session:
- Basic stationery
- Cutting shears
- Paper scissors
- A pattern-master curve
- A bradawl
- Tape measure (metric)
- Fabric marking wax
- Garment pins
(please note that all items above can be purchased from the CSM shop)
Materials provided by us:
- Pattern cutting paper
- Calico for ‘toiles’ (garment prototypes)
*Students will be taken to the fabric shops in London’s Soho district to buy fabrics and trims at cost.
Download the Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Design Menswear [PDF 324KB] course handbook.