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Fashion Design

Central Saint Martins is world renowned for fashion. There is a strong emphasis on the creative process, experimentation and design development.

The Semester Programme in Fashion is designed to encourage students to explore & expand their creative process through extensive research, experimentation and design development through 2D & 3D.  Students on this track will take core modules Fashion Design 1 and Fashion Design 2 as well as Mandatory and Elective modules.

Materials Required

Your ongoing A4 ring binder research file, A3 landscape sketchbook, dress pins, pen, pencil & eraser, chalk pastels, charcoal, scissors, stapler, glue stick, knife & cutting board, masking tape, sewing needles & thread, camera (digital).

Fashion Design 1 & 2

In the Fashion Design 1 module, you will have the opportunity to transform your 2D designs into 3D prototypes. You are going to achieve this by exploiting a technique used by many fashion designers called draping. Draping is a method of creating structures and even patterns by draping fabric on to a body form, or mannequin.  As well as draping you will be shown methods of evolving and reworking found garments to develop new design ideas. This module will also introduce you to specific techniques such as pinning, cutting and manipulating fabric. In addition to practical experimentation, you will produce a body of research. This research will be based on your initial sketchbook work and draping. It should then inspire your experimentation and help you develop your design ideas. You are encouraged to document your findings visually and with written comments. This way, the work progresses so that by the end of the project there is a clear record of the way your ideas have developed into a final garment design.
The Fashion Design 2 module is an amalgamation of all the skills you will have learnt so far on the course. It specifically follows on from the Fashion Design 1 module. In this module, there will be more advanced draping and textile experimentation. There will be an emphasis on construction and creating sophisticated 3D realisations of your 2D concepts. We will also focus on sketchbook and presentation skills for your portfolio preparation. You will generate a capsule collection.  The collection will consider seasons, materials, colour range, costing, your market, and other possible issues.
Ian Scott Kettle graduated from Saint Martins and The Royal College of Art. He is a London based designer with twenty five years of fashion design experience. Ian is currently Pioneering an exciting new wave in bespoke menswear accessories. The work is informed by a love for art history and extensive knowledge of traditional gentlemens cloth accessories. It is re-imagined through classic bespoke construction and modern cutting methods. The brand is re-working classic accessories such as the bow tie, cummerbund, cravat and neck tie. It is also working to reintroduce typologies that have been lost to time, such as the band, jabot, coif and chaperon.
A well-respected and inspiring teacher, Ian has taught fashion design at Central Saint Martins for the last twenty years.  He also lectures internationally, setting up and delivering courses in Paris, Mexico City, Buenos Aires and China. Ian is currently Course Leader for Fashion, on the Semester Program at Central Saint Martins.

2019/20 (14 weeks) - £7,500

2020/21 (14 weeks) - £8,250