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Fashion Design For Beginners

Fashion Design For Beginners

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Daniela Bomba, Rory Parnell-Mooney


This course is a dynamic 10-week program where we will explore the foundations of fashion design through drawing, research, 3D development and textile/print developments. You will be guided through the process of designing and developing a collection and will leave with a strong foundation and the confidence to continue further studies in fashion education.

This course is an excellent preparation for studying fashion at higher levels. Previous students have progressed to other Central Saint Martin's courses, such as the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design and Fashion Folio.

Topics covered
There will be three projects over 10 weeks. They will cover:

•    visual research for inspiration
•    experimentation and developing fashion ideas
•    design drawing and illustration
•    advice on portfolio preparation
•    3d development

The projects will give you a taster of what studying fashion at Central Saint Martins is like. You will experiment with three dimensional work on mannequins and will be encouraged to explore different fabrics and develop drawing and collage techniques.

Who should take this course?
•    Motivated beginners who want to develop their creative skills.
•    Those with some previous experience who need to gain more confidence in communicating and presenting their fashion ideas.
•    Those who wish to progress to further education at Central Saint Martins such as foundation studies or fashion folio.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners

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

Tutor Description

Daniela is a womenswear designer, print designer and creative consultant. She has worked both in London and abroad for luxury fashion houses and brands as well as tutoring at Central Saint Martins.  Glaswegian born Daniela Bomba began her studies at Ravensbourne college of Art, design and communication then completed her Masters in Fashion womenswear at the prestigious Central Saint Martins under the guidance of Professor OBE Louise Wilson.  She has worked for various fashion labels including Jonathan Saunders, Luella, Maria Francesca Pepe. 
A consultant to several brands including Adam Andrascik, Selfridges creative windows and brands in Eastern Europe and Asia, Daniela also teaches womenswear on the fashion folio course at Central Saint Martins.

Rory Parnell-Mooney is an Irish-born menswear designer who lives and works in London. He has a Masters in Menswear from Central Saint Martins. Rory presented his first collection under his own name at London Collections: Men in January 2015 with support from Fashion East and Topman and his second solo collection was shown in June 2015. He is currently stocked at Dover Street Market in London and New York and other international stores.

Rory teaches on the Fashion Folio course at Central Saint Martins as well as a number of summer courses and bespoke fashion courses in Hong Kong.


Please bring with you to the first session:

•    A3 + a4 paper
•    A selection of drawing pencils
•    Fine liner pens
•    Watercolours
•    Paints
•    Selection of paintbrushes
•    Scissors
•    Pritt stick
•    Any other materials you enjoy working with.

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