Fashion Design Summer School
Do you dream of designing your own clothes? But not sure how to get started? This four-week fashion design and fashion drawing course will provide you with the skills you need. Introduction to fashion design (week 1)Through practical exercises and focused discussions, you will research a theme and learn how to develop this into fashion designs...
Taught by: Ana Stankovic-Fitzgerald, Richard Sorger.
Do you dream of designing your own clothes? But not sure how to get started? This four-week fashion design and fashion drawing course will provide you with the skills you need.Introduction to fashion design (week 1)
Through practical exercises and focused discussions, you will research a theme and learn how to develop this into fashion designs. You will begin to draw and communicate your ideas exploring silhouette, detail and colour, eventually developing a small capsule collection of designs. This unit includes:
- Experimental design analysis
- Primary and secondary design research
- Creating research sheets and mood board
- Developing a colour palette
- Fabric awareness
- Exploring different art materials
- Range planning
In the second week you explore drawing styles and techniques in the context of fashion. We will show you how to express your designs figuratively, and get your ideas on paper. You will learn to draw a fashion figure, deconstruct and sketch garments, and seamlessly combine figures with clothing. By the end of this week, you will know the ins and outs of drawing throughout the design process, and you will be able to communicate design ideas more freely and effectively, and begin a collection of work for your portfolio. This unit includes:
- Drawing a fashion figure
- Gesture, movement and pose
- Drawing hands, faces and feet
- Fashion silhouettes, cut and style of different garments
- Drawing drapery and volume
- Drawing flats
- Sketching for fashion
Week three is a follow-on from week one. The course will help you develop your understanding of the principles of fashion design, with an emphasis on three-dimensional experimentation. You'll work with fabric directly onto dress mannequins and your experimental ideas will then be developed onto paper. This course will help you consolidate your understanding of fashion design. This unit includes:
- Development of primary and secondary research
- Draping on the mannequins using fabric
- Experimental design analysis
In week four you have the chance to develop your ideas and creative skills through the medium of fashion illustration. You'll study different methods of illustration and recording work in the context of fashion, and learn conventional and new media techniques. The idea is to find your own visual language and unlock your creativity through experimentation, from concept to completion. This unit includes:
- Creating a fashion illustration
- Developing your visual vocabulary
- Exploring different media and techniques
- Interpreting concepts and ideas
- Importance of keeping a sketchbook
- Developing a personal drawing style
- Exploring colour palettes
- Understanding the wider role of fashion illustration
- Beginning a portfolio of design and illustrative work
Beginners. You should have an interest in fashion and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.
Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.
Ana Stankovic-Fitzgerald has been teaching on a variety of drawing courses at LCF since 2003. She studied drawing, painting, print-making and sculpture in the Faculty of Fine Art at the University of Visual & Performing Arts in Belgrade, specialising in painting. She is a practicing illustrator and member of the Association of Illustrators and has had freelance commissions published online, in magazines, books, as advertisements and in corporate literature. She is passionate about the craft of drawing and she has a vast knowledge and expertise in utilising & experimenting with various media including charcoal, ink, watercolours, collage, markers, pastels, acrylics, oils & Photoshop. Over the years, Ana has devised and delivered Fashion Drawing workshops for various institutions, including Design Museum Drawing Fashion Exhibition, Fashion Space Gallery, Topolsky Century Gallery, Futureversity and numerous charities.
Richard Sorger is a London-based fashion designer who founded his eponymous label in 2006. The label sold globally and celebrity clients included Courtney Love, Jennifer Lopez, Cindy Crawford, Kate Beckinsale, Florence Welch and Heidi Klum. In 2009 he launched his second line, RJS by Richard Sorger, with clients including Kelis, Sienna Miller, and Jessie J. In 2011 Richard decided to concentrate on freelance design consultancy and teaching.Richard has been commissioned to produce work by Swarovski, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Andaz Hotel. The Victoria and Albert Museum also acquired a dress for its permanent fashion collection. He has collaborated with Meadham Kirchhoff, Manolo Blahnik (for Meadham Kirchhoff) and ASOS. He teaches various short courses for London College of Fashion and on the LCF MA Fashion Design Technology Womenswear course. He is the co-author of ‘The Fundamentals of Fashion’ (AVA Books, 2006, second edition Bloomsbury 2012) that has been translated into six languages and has sold over 16,000 copies.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- A3 layout pad
- Fine black fibre tip pens
- Glue stick
- Magic marker or brush pen in the skin colour of your choice
- Camera and film or a digital camera
- Dressmaking pins
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors
As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account. It is unlikely you will need to spend more than £5.