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SSA - Experimental Knitwear

Summer Study Abroad - Experimental Fashion Knitwear

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Learn all about knitwear at one of the world's leading fashion universities

This course offers a taster of the BA Fashion Design with Knitwear at Central Saint Martins.

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

Taught by: Craig Lawrence 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.

Craig Lawrence

On graduating Central Saint Martins in 2008, Lawrence established his knitwear label at London Fashion Week and rapidly became known for his innovative work in the field of knitwear. This was recognized by the V&A 2012 which resulted in being invited to be apart of the Fashion in Motion series. His sophisticated, playful and elegant collections are remarkable for their craftsmanship and individuality. Lawrence uses unlikely and varied materials such as sweet wrappers, gold foil, bin bags and metallic covered yarn – which has been used in every one of his collections. Devotees of his designs include Tilda Swinton, Lady Gaga and Björk.

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.