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Designing a Denim Collection

Designing a Denim Collection

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Photini Konnarides


Denim has a rich history spanning over 100 years - from workwear to couture, crossing social, class and gender boundaries. Worn by everyone for any occasion, never out of fashion or season, the possibilities of this unique fabric are endless. This course will give you a foundation from which to design a denim-based collection for your chosen market from initial research to a capsule collection presented to portfolio standard.

Initially the focus will be on research and creating a mood board. You will be introduced to the variety of different denim qualities – collect samples, work on fabric manipulation and identify the wash level for your range.

Once you have fully interrogated the qualities of the fabric you will then design around these and your mood board to create a denim-based range of 3 to 6 outfits. This might be a jean collection or a multi product range for the market of your choice.

Topics Covered

  • History of denim
  • Research Skills
  • Designing and developing a Fashion range
  • Denim fabric – construction, weight, wash and dyeing techniques
  • Branding
  • Garment construction (including stitch and repair)
  • Decoration and embellishment

  • Outcomes

    By the end of this course you should have a thorough grasp of how to design for denim, choosing the right denim for your desired end result and building a balanced range.  A completed project for your portfolio.

    Who should take this course

    This course is suitable for students with some experience of design who either have a general interest or wish to specialize in denim design and gain a deeper knowledge of he area.



    Entry requirements

    Some experience of designing and making clothes is beneficial but not essential.

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

    Tutor Description

    Photini studied Fashion Design Womenswear at Central Saint Martins. She has since had over 20 years experience in the fashion industry, designing for British and international brands ranging from small designer independents to the UK’s biggest high street retailer - Marks & Spencer. While a multi product designer, denim has always been a large part of the ranges she has designed and specialised in. She is now freelancing for both high street companies and higher end brands alongside lecturing at Central Saint Martins.

    Available dates

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