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Building A Fashion Collection

Building A Fashion Collection

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Philip Mauger


A collection can be any number of different garments, from a few exclusive pieces with different design elements to a large selection of varied styles. More important than the number of pieces is the point the collection is making - its fashion statement. This introductory course will take you through the various steps to building a collection, from conception and range planning through to design and presentation.

Topics covered

Students will first establish the purpose of their collection and the market they are aiming at.

The next step is to find a theme to stimulate a visual interpretation.

An intense research process follows, where often quite vague ideas have to be pinned down and the direction of the collection established, resulting in the right choice of fabric, colour and silhouette.

A storyboard is then put together to clarify your intentions and visually lay out the size and diversity of each story and of the entire range.

Then the designing takes place. Designs are chosen, altered and redrawn and as they evolve a well-balanced collection is achieved.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners


Please note: This course is for students aged 18 and older

Tutor Description

Philip Mauger has, for the past 15 years, built his design experience within the luxury sector. In 2006 he completed an MA in Womenswear Design at Central Saint Martins with a final collection sponsored by Vivienne Westwood, of which he continued to work for the following 2 years. Initially in Design Development for her special clients, followed by Gold Label runway collections. Philip later became the Collection coordinator and Designer for the Capsule collection working closely with the Head of Specials and Couture in Westwood's London Atelier.

During the same period Philip was also a Design Collaborator with Jens Laugesen, working closely with the Creative Director on all aspects of Collection Development. Philip has worked as a Designer in Paris for Lanvin, Switzerland for Akris and has been based in London working for Alexander McQueen, Nicole Farhi and Burberry. Philip has freelanced as a Designer and Collection Developer for Paul Smith and Edeline Lee, also developing costume for films and series. Most recently for Killing Eve and Game of Thrones, previous films have included Star Wars, Bond- Spectre, Into the Woods and Jupiter Ascending.

While Philip is an ongoing tutor for Short Courses at Central Saint Martins, he has also worked as a guest lecturer for MA final years at Royal College of Art. Further teaching includes being a tutor for final year BA at London College of Fashion and BA final Year at Istituto Marangoni both in London and Milan.

Having worked with Burberry since 2017 and following a role as a Collection Development Consultant and Designer for Mainline, Philip is currently the 3D Design Director in the Burberry London Atelier for Runway Collections.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • A3 layout pad
  • Pencil (1 HB and 1 4B)
  • Eraser
  • Pritt Stick
  • A2 or A3 Bound sketch book
  • Small pair of scissors
  • Colour drawing materials - this can be anything acrylic, pencils, pastels, water colour etc.

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