Fashion Design and Development
Do you dream of designing then making your own clothes? But not sure how to get started? This fashion design course will take you step by step from your initial design to constructing your completed garment. Design: You’ll start the course with a trip to a gallery/museum for inspiration and an introduction to the world of the fashion designer...
Taught by: Claire Porter, Heidi Stokes.
Do you dream of designing then making your own clothes? But not sure how to get started? This fashion design course will take you step by step from your initial design to constructing your completed garment.
You’ll start the course with a trip to a gallery/museum for inspiration and an introduction to the world of the fashion designer. Here you’ll investigate different methods of research. You’ll also be shown basic figure drawing techniques, how to create mood boards and explore using different media to express your ideas. You’ll then design your own skirt range, developing your ideas through experimenting with paper creations.
You’ll also make stencils based on the designs you have created to be used to print your own t-shirts. You’ll be taken step by step through the t-shirt printing process as well as being shown how to use various embellishment techniques such as foils
For the second part of the course you’ll cover the practical elements needed to help create your garment. There will be an introduction to using the industrial sewing machines, learning the key techniques to help put your garment together.
You’ll then move on to learn the fundamentals of womenswear pattern cutting. Using a standard size 12 skirt block, you’ll investigate how to create a range of pattern pieces for different styles. The course will also cover a brief introduction to grading and how to modify your pattern for a better fit.
For the final part of the course you’ll select your chosen skirt design (under the guidance of the tutor) and be helped through the process of using all your newly learnt skills to bring your design to life as a completed garment. A shopping trip is included in the course where the tutor will advise on the correct fabrics and trimmings for your garment. Purchase of fabrics and trimmings is optional.
Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area 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.
Claire Porter undertook a Theatre Studies and Costume Interpretation course at London College of Fashion before beginning her career as a costume assistant at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. During this time she was a costumer assistant in men’s soft tailoring department creating costumes for The Royal Opera and The Royal Ballet. Since 1998 Claire has been a freelance Costumier for men’s and women’s period and contemporary costumes for theatre, films and television. Her clients have included: The Royal Opera House, English National Opera, The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, English Touring Opera, Opera Kent, English Chamber Opera, Garsington Opera, BBC, Thames Television, Shakespeare’s Globe, Comic Strip Productions, Hat Trick Productions, The Art of Being (Couture) Bill Kenwright Ltd, Clonter Opera Theatre, Royal Academy of Music, UK Foundation for Dance, Lyric Opera of Chicago, E15 Acting School, The Green and Lewisham Community Theatre Trust, The Wrestling School and Emergency Exit Arts. Claire teaches fashion realisation, garment production and corsetry on a number of London College of Fashion Short Courses and Study Abroad programmes.
Heidi Stokes has taught at London College of Fashion for 15 year and is Practitioner in Residence for the ‘International Preparation for Fashion (Certificate in Higher Education)’ course and part time BA flexible learning programme. Part of her new role has been being taken on as an artist to broaden creative thinking and help spark creative minds to think outside the box. Since completing an MA in Fine Art Heidi has exhibited at numerous events and exhibitions including Anima Call 2011 at the Contemporary Art Centre in Athens, Cologne OFF VII International Video Art Film Festival and has screened at the Rich Mix cinema in Bethnal Green.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:
- A digital camera
- A3 layout pad, pencils
- Fine black fibre tip pens
- Glue stick
- Magic marker or brush pen in your choice of skin tone
- Stiletto awl
- Magic scotch tape
- Fine pointed tracing wheel
- Paper shears
A full sewing kit is provided and is included in the course fee. This includes fabric shears, small sharp pointed scissors, stitch ripper and fine steel pins.
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.