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Draping Womenswear Design

Draping Womenswear Design

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Donna Kernan, Petra Metzger


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.

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

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

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

Online short courses

Did you know we offer a similar course online? UAL online short courses are designed to help creative people master new challenges, develop their skills, get inspired by new ideas and access the UAL learning experience without having to travel to a campus for class.

Draping Womenswear Design (Online Short Course)

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Tutor Description

Donna Kernan is a senior creative pattern cutter with over 20 years experience previously working with clients such as Victoria Beckham, Giles Deacon & Stella McCartney. She teaches pattern cutting on the BA fashion at Central Saint Martins.

Petra Metzger is an international Fashion Designer and Fashion Tutor.
Over the last year Petra has been living and working in Rio de Janeiro where she set up the post-graduate Fashion course Orbita at Centro-br. Parallel she has been working as a fashion consultant at Dacri Deviati where she designed for brands at Sao Paulo Fashion Week such as Lenny Niemeyer one of the most important fashion brands in South America and the trend-setting TOP5 brand in Brazil, Vankoke.

Following her graduation from the acclaimed Fashion MA at Central St. Martins College of Art and Design, Petra launched her brand EINE in summer 2013.
She developed her dressmaking and design skills while working alongside innovative designers such as Haider Ackermann , Hussein Chalayan and Peter Jensen.   Her work is distinguished by its strong tailoring and its unabashed celebration of woman. While pursuing her profession as a designer, Petra is teaching fashion design, pattern cutting, drawing, portfolio and styling at international universities including Central Saint Martins College, Norwich University of the Arts and Centro-br as well as giving creative fashion design workshops to professional design teams in high-street and high-end fashion.


Please bring with you to the first session:

  • Fabrics you like (at least 2 metres of each fabric)
  • Old clothes (optional)
  • 2 Scissors (1 for fabric & 1 for paper)
  • Glue
  • Pen and pencils
  • Camera (very important!)
  • Tape measure 
  • Ruler

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