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Central Saint Martins

Summer Study Abroad - Experimental Fashion Knitwear

This course will suit students with a very creative design aesthetic in fashion and those who wish to develop and  specialise in knit and other related fabrics ...more information below.

Taught by: Sarah Gresty and others

This course will suit students with a very creative design aesthetic in fashion and those who wish to develop and  specialise in knit and other related fabrics. It will offer a taster of the BA Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins. You will be shown how to initiate ideas via your sketchbooks and how to explore your research and develop fashion and fabric designs from it. With a series of workshops covering techniques such as machine and hand knitting, crochet, embroidery and smocking you will be encouraged to design and produce a range of fashion and fabric ideas. You will learn how to edit your work and where to concentrate your technical abilities. You will be supported by professional technicians.

The first two weeks will be spent experimenting and developing your technical expertise. At this point you will choose one fashion look or silhouette to develop and produce during the third week for a fashion show on the final day. Throughout the three weeks you will be expected to visit London's museums, markets, cafes and clubs to inform your design development. Your design solutions must be contemporary and relevant. You will receive peer and individual assessment and will potentially develop a strong and successful design project.

Sarah Gresty is the Course leader for BA Fashion at Central Saint Martins. She has worked as a knitwear design consultant for Versace, Karl Lagerfield, Chloe, Chanel, Lacroix and Balenciaga amongst others.

The course will also be taught by other senior staff from the BA Fashion department.

Please bring with you to the first session: 

  • Needle and thread
  • Pencils
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure

We will supply sketchbooks and a selection of yarns.

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