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Fashion Essentials: Residential Summer School (10-13 Year Olds)

Fashion Essentials - Residential Summer School (10-13 Year Olds)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Sophie Murphy


This exciting course is an introduction to the fashion industry, taking you through the whole process of fashion, from design to the finished garment.  It will also be a chance to learn more about all the different roles involved in the industry. 

You will begin with looking at branding and marketing to create your own brand name and logo.  You will then carry out research through accompanied shop and exhibition visits before learning design techniques which you can use to create a collection (range plan) for your brand. 

You will learn some basic principles of pattern cutting and be given a dressmaking pattern so you can cut out and make your own sample using sewing machines.  You will then be able to customize your garment using different materials. Once you have completed your garment you will style and photograph your final piece in a photography studio, to create an image which represents your brand.

Topics include:
  • What are the different jobs and roles in the fashion industry?
  • Branding and Marketing; focus on logos
  • Fashion Design and range planning; different designing techniques
  • Fabric focus: Understanding different fabrics
  • Garment assembly:  Introduction to pattern cutting and using a domestic sewing machine
  • Customising your own garment
  • Photography and styling; including a look at street style
  • Looking at different forms of media and marketing

Fashion Essentials provisional schedule (202KB)

What are the benefits of attending a Residential Summer School at LCF?

This course will allow you to gain an understanding of the fashion industry and different roles and processes. Build confidence and be inspired to learn more, experimenting with new techniques and acquiring new skills. It's also a great way to meet like-minded friends from around the world. In addition, you'll leave the course with:

  • Sketchbook/presentation work
  • A mini Range Plan
  • A customized garment
  • A form of visual communication of the brand/garment (Magazine spread / Look Book/ Blog / Social media post)

Download programme information handbook (PDF 381KB)


Beginners. You should have an interest in fashion and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.


Harrow School.

Our residential courses are delivered at Harrow School. Harrow School was founded in 1572. Famous past pupils include former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, the poet Lord Byron,the first Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and King Hussein of Jordan. The school is considered amongst the most prestigious public schools in Britain, even the world. Summer school students are fully immersed in the Harrow experience, from staying in one of the famous boarding houses, to exploring the famous buildings where movies such as Harry Potter were filmed. The School boasts 300 acres of grounds which includes six conservation areas, a registered park, a nine-hole golf course and even a working farm. It is located just 15km north of central London in the beautiful village of Harrow on the Hill. The course is delivered by London College of Fashion but all meals, accommodation and pastoral care are provided by Harrow School short courses.


Airport and Eurostar transfers:

Transfers to and from Harrow School from certain airports and London St Pancras train station (Eurostar only) can be arranged, in line with the terms and conditions. Please read our Transfer terms and conditions before booking travel for your child. Download transfer terms and conditions (41KB) 


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Male and female students will stay in separate dormitories’. Recreational activities outside of the course structure will also be separate at times.


Tutor Description

Sophie Murphy is a graduate from the London College of Fashion with First Class Honours and has over 10 years industry experience working as a multi-product womenswear designer, with experience designing for retail, brands and suppliers. Alongside tutoring on short courses at the London College of Fashion, Sophie currently works as a freelance designer, specialising in working with start up brands and small businesses, but also working with suppliers for the high street. Carrying out trend research and analysis, developing product ranges, CAD’s, sourcing fabrics and components, through to sampling, product development and production.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Notepad and pen
  • A camera/phone with camera (to take photos of work)

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