Introduction to Studying Fashion: Design & Experimentation
Fashion Design and Experimentation will touch on a variety of fashion product types which will include clothing, footwear and accessories, and how to design and make them. This course will explore different crafts and how fashion is created from the raw materials as well as primary research gathered to create initial ideas...
Taught by: Carlyn McGuire.
Fashion Design and Experimentation will touch on a variety of fashion product types which will include clothing, footwear and accessories, and how to design and make them. This course will explore different crafts and how fashion is created from the raw materials as well as primary research gathered to create initial ideas. Throughout the course you will undergo street style sessions and gallery visits to gather initial research as well as participating in observational drawing sessions to help you develop your own style of design and drawing. You will work on your own personal project and produce a strong portfolio to support your work and ideas.
The course includes:
- A Research Trip to East London and Street Style session where you will carry out a shop report to include photography and drawing
- A Research Trip to Knightsbridge and Street Style session where you will carry out a shop report to include photography and drawing
- 3D making of an accessory from research gathered with photoshoot
- Customer profiling and Brand Identity
- Draping on the stand to explore garments structure through drawing with mixed media as well as creating shapes from visual research.
- Observational drawing session of hands and heads with an accessory focus
- Observational drawing session of feet with a shoe focus
- Mood, fabric and colour board creation
- Concept board creation
- Design development to create a range where you will also focus on colour and pattern
- Finalised line up selection from design development
- Presentation board to include full range with inspiration references as well as colour and fabric samples
- Portfolio session to build and refine a portfolio of work
- To understand the context and subject of your chosen degree
- To explore the key ideas influencing the fashion industry today
- To understand how to research and how to seek new references
- To understand how to reflect on your work, be critical and develop ideas and opinions
- To think creatively and more deeply about your chosen area
IELTS level 6.0 or above if English isn’t your first language, with at least 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking (please check our English Language requirements)
If you are from OUTSIDE the European Economic Area (EEA) you MUST present your passport and valid visa/proof of entry clearance to the Short Course office before the start of your course. Please note you will NOT be allowed to study, if do not present a valid visa/proof of entry clearance on the first day of the course.
If you wish to apply to a UAL BA course please note that a separate application must be made. For further details please visit the UAL Undergraduate course page.
Carlyn McGuire graduated from CSM in 2003 and has been teaching fashion design and media, textiles and print at foundation & degree level in colleges in London for over 10 years. Carlyn is currently an associate lecturer at LCF for the international school for the study of fashion and also delivers design workshops for BA Fashion design part-time.
In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please have the following materials/equipment for the first class:
- A3 layout pad
- 2b Pencils
- Fine black fibre tip pens
- Glue stick
- Magic marker or brush pen in the skin colour of your choice
- Digital camera
- Stainless steel pins
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors
- A4 tracing pad
- A3 sketchbook
- Pack of colouring pens (sharpies or promarkers)