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Draping Womenswear Design Short Course

Course description

Discover how to use draping as an experimental, intuitive and playful tool that will help you come up with fashion ideas. In this beginners course you will learn how to find inspiration and visualise your concepts quickly by simply working with fabric and pins on a dummy-figure. But that's not all.

You will also complete a a portfolio of pictures of 3D work that will be so valuable if you are applying for a foundation or BA course in fashion. Plus, your portfolio of designs can potentially form the beginnings of your fashion collection.

Clear, easy to understand lessons:

  • Our tutors will explain things in easy to understand, accessible English. If they need to use any special terminology they will make sure they explain what they mean.
  • New methods will be shown to students through live demonstrations, in a way thats crystal clear and easy to understand.
  • Experience life on campus
  • Network and share ideas with students from across the globe
  • Access the technology and materials relevant to your discipline
  • Shop in our college shops for any materials you might need
  • Ask questions of your tutor in real time
  • Receive feedback and critique on your assignments
  • Experience the many sights of London on your down time

A certificate of completion:

  • You've put the work in so we want to make sure you have something to show for it!
  • As long as you attend a minimum of 80% of your classes, we will provide you with a certificate of attendance.
  • We always recommend you attend all of the classes so that you get the most out of the experience!
  • Certificates are great to compliment your cv.

Available dates

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Topics covered:

  • You will undertake your own visual research before you start to drape and sketch.
  • By twisting, folding, gathering and layering fabric you will learn how you can get the most amazing results. 
  • Working in a sketchbook as well as working with fabric on a dummy will help you to develop and build up your ideas for shapes and details for a fashion collection.
  • Your collection will be made into a presentation for your portfolio at the end of the course.

The course will use a variety of learning methods. These will include:

  • tutor input and feedback
  • student individual work on their projects
  • group discussions
  • guided research in the library


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Scissors
  • Cutting knife
  • Pins
  • Glue/Pritt stick
  • Ruler or set square
  • Tape measure
  • Tracing wheel
  • Felt pens
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Camera/phone
Meet the Tutor:

In this beginners course, discover how to use draping as an experimental, intuitive and playful tool that will help you come up with fashion ideas. Find inspiration and visualise your concepts quickly by working with fabric and pins on a mannequin.

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