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Summer Study Abroad - Advanced Fashion Design

Apply now for the Central Saint Martins fashion design experience.

Advanced Fashion Design final fashion show, showing designers doing the final run with their models.

This 3 week course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative ...more information below.

Taught by: Stephanie Cooper, Elisa Palomino and others

This 3 week course is designed to give you an authentic Central Saint Martins fashion design experience, using experimental research and design development pathways that are original and innovative. Please note, this course is aimed at high level and ambitious fashion students. You will be working with dedicated students and tutors from around the world in order to produce exceptional work.

In this course you will explore your ideas by gathering inspiration from a variety of sources as the starting point for creative design research. You will then go on to develop and interpret your research ideas into garment designs, prints and embroideries. A series of workshops led by industry professionals will cover pattern-making and fashion illustration. You will explore a range of different techniques to present your ideas to an advanced portfolio standard. The course will be taught through a series of research projects, visits, design and illustration sessions, and individual and group tutorials. You will be expected to be ambitious and really push your ideas to explore what is possible to achieve through the design process. The course ends with a final critique in which you will present your work in an exhibition format. Designs finished in a toile format will be part of an audience attended fashion show organised by Summer Study Abroad - Fashion Communication students.

This is a challenging and demanding course aimed at high level fashion students.

Course level: Advanced (please see Entry Requirements)

Stephanie Cooper works as a freelance designer on projects internationally and also works as a fashion stylist. She is a tutor on BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins, a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art, lecturer at Westminster Fashion and a visiting design tutor at the Royal Danish Academy in Copenhagen and Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture in Paris.

Elisa Palomino is Senior Lecturer and Pathway Tutor on BA Fashion Print at Central Saint Martins. Elisa is a Spanish born designer who has graduated from Central Saint Martins with an MA in Fashion Design and has worked in some of the most prestigious Fashion Houses, including Moschino, Roberto Cavalli and Christian Dior Haute Couture. She was appointed Head of Studio for John Galliano, where she worked for eight years. Most recently Elisa held the position of Vice President of Design for Diane von Furstenberg. In 2010 Elisa Palomino launched her own collection during New York Fashion Week. This first collection is bought in its entirety by Dolce & Gabbana for the opening of the concept store SPIGA 2. Further stockists include; Couturelab (London), Ra (Antwerp and Paris), Eleonora (Rome), Rail (Brescia), Liliane Romi (Paris), Al Ostoura (Kuwait), Front Row (Beirut), Harvey Nichols & Mayass (Riyadh). Elisa’s collections have been showcased at Milano On Stage, Milano Loves Fashion, AltaRoma and Cibeles Madrid. Having moved her creative studio to London, Elisa has shown at London Fashion Week. Visit Elisa's website.

The course will also be taught by other CSM tutors, technicians and external experts from the industry.

Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Sketching pencils
  • Black pen
  • Colouring pencils
  • Digital Camera (or camera phone)

Any other additional art materials are optional and can be purchased at a discounted price from the college shop:

  • Coloured inks
  • Pastels
  • Glue
  • Coloured paper
  • Paintbrushes
  • Gouache
  • Watercolours
  • Scissors

Applicants must have completed at least 1 year of undergraduate-level study and have prior experience of fashion design.

In order to assess your suitability for this course, you will be asked to provide a personal statement and a portfolio at the application stage.

The personal statement should outline your experience with fashion, technical ability and what you wish to gain from the course.

The portfolio should include 5 to 10 images of work from your fashion portfolio.