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Designing A Fashion T-Shirt Collection

Designing A Fashion T-Shirt Collection

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Kiren Passi


This course will help you design a T-shirt collection and artwork ready to be manufactured, including doing sample printing on fabric to see your finished design. You will work to produce your own collection through five stages of design. At the beginning of the course, some time will be spent gathering research in the library under the tutor's guidance.

Topics covered

Stage 1 - Researching: You will analyse the existing fashion market and recognise niche openings for further brands, creating personal mood boards and sketch books by thinking outside of the box.

Stage 2 - Developing Artworks: You will experiment with mark-making and embellishment, translating abstract images into all-over repeats and placements.

Stage 3 - Exploring your ideas on fabric, accessing the print sudio to develop mixed media samples.

Stage 4 - Design Development: You will be encouraged to push the boundaries of the basic T-shirt through fabric manipulation and paying attention to detailing and finishes.

Stage 5 - Evolving Ideas: You will be encouraged to design a final range of T-shirts.

Advanced learners have the opportunity to work to a life size block and create part of a  a package ready to be sent to a factory.

There will be a final presentation back to your fellow students at the end of the course.

In order to fully benefit from the course you should be prepared to work in groups as well as individually.

Entry requirements: None

Level: All levels

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

Tutor Description

Kiren Passi is a luxury Fashion Designer who trained at Christian Dior in Paris and subsequently worked as a womanswear Designer in London, Italy and New York. Kiren’s extensive International Fashion Experience has meant she has engaged with craft communities across the world including Bali, India, Nepal, Japan and Hong Kong.
One of CSM’s PG Certified and long standing short course tutors, teaching at CSM for over 10 years, Kiren’s Fashion and Textile education includes a BA Hon’s from UAL and an MA from the prestigious Royal College of Art. She was awarded a Swarovski design prize in 2016.


The materials below are optional but highly recommended:

  • Camera, old tees to cut up, embellishments (sequins, beads etc), fabric scissors, needle and thread.
  • Research for a sketch book and concept board. Think of a theme and collate photocopies from books, photo's, anything interesting and 3D.
  • Vintage samples, print and embellishment techniques etc.
  • Materials to use on moodboard: pencils, inks, crayons, spray paints, cardboard, needle and thread, fabrics, sequins, buttons, trimmings etc...
  • One fashion magazine.

Available dates