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Fashion Design: Intensive

Fashion Design: Intensive

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Tutor to be confirmed, Carlyn McGuire, Elliot Atkinson, Abigail Jones


This two week intensive fashion design course has been designed to cover all the key elements of Introduction to Fashion Design alongside more advanced fashion design and fashion drawing techniques. It provides an introduction to the principles of fashion design and concentrates on the development of ideas from well explored research.

The course will include:

  • Understanding the fashion design process
  • Developing mood boards
  • Fabric awareness
  • Basic figure fashion drawing techniques
  • Designing using model and draping techniques on the stand
  • Developing a colour palette through an awareness of current trends and predictions
  • Selecting appropriate fabrics for the market/designs developed
  • Communicating your design ideas in a creative and logical way
  • Discovering how to build a fashion collection that is well balanced and innovative

Find out more about tutor, Carlyn McGuire in our ‘Meet Our Tutors’ blog post.

Feedback from students:

“My experience was mind-blowing. I am not lying or exaggerating, when I say Carlyn Maguire, [tutor] was by far one of the best teachers I ever had! I would totally recommend to this short course to anyone who's interested in fashion design or the fashion industry in general, because I’ve learned way more than I thought I would. Also, the course didn’t just cover fashion design, we were taught in fashion psychology, targeting the customers, fashion drawing, and more.” - Lysander

“The teacher was so inspiring and taught me so many new things! It taught me how to find inspiration to create a unique design! It was an unforgettable experience!” - Sara


Beginners. You should have an interest in the subject area and a desire to learn but no previous experience is required.

Please note: this course is for students aged 18 and older.


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Tutor Description

Carlyn McGuire is a graduate from Central Saint Martins and has been teaching fashion design development and fashion media, fashion textiles and print at foundation & degree level in colleges/university across London for over 10 years. Specialising in creative textiles, fabric print, 3D experimental design and fashion design development through design and media pathways. Carlyn also works as a freelance designer, working closely with emerging new talent, developing fabric prints and textiles for collections. Carlyn is currently a fashion design lecturer at the London College of Fashion for the international school for the study of fashion , she also delivers fashion design development and visual studies workshops for the BA Fashion design part-time course as well as intensive design courses for short courses. Carlyn’s classes and previous workshops can be followed on Instagram: iisf_1617

Elliot Atkinson graduated in 2005 from Edinburgh College of Art, attaining the Fashion Illustration prize at Graduate Fashion Week, Presented by David Downton. Soon after he became a finalist for Colin McDowell’s ‘Fashion Fringe’. Following this success, he established his own-name label, Elliot Atkinson. The brand presented runway collections seasonally in London and Paris fashion weeks over 7 consecutive seasons, Both with Fashion East and the British Fashion Council, selling internationally to stores such as Opening Ceremony (L.A, NYC), I.T (H.K) and Browns (London). His designs were published in Vogue Paris, British Vogue and worn by the likes of Emmanuelle Alt and Florence Welch. In 2013, Elliot focused on aligning his Environmental ethics with his design practice by moving into Sustainable design. He is the creative director of Swedish/ UK- based Sustainable collective ‘BITE’ (An acronym for ‘By Independent Thinkers for Environmental Progress’). The brand was founded on shared principles of environmental and social responsibility, with sustainability and craftsmanship at its core. BITE offers a seasonal wardrobe of Organic, Natural pieces hand-crafted by artisans in their London Atelier. Elliot teaches on Short Courses at UAL, applying his industry knowledge with an accent on Sustainability.

Abigail Jones is a dynamic associate lecturer and artist with boundless energy and enthusiasm. She enables students to think creatively whilst encouraging a "can do" attitude. Part of Abigail's success is her ability to motivate students to generate a body of work, which enables them to experiment and explore and ultimately for them to reach their full potential. Abigail studied Fine Art at Byam Shaw School of Art, and was awarded a British Academy Scholarship to do an MA at the Slade School of Art (University College London). After graduating Abigail worked across a range of disciplines; as fashion illustrator her work was published in Vogue’s December issue 2008; as a scenic artist she produced the backdrop for the Supergrass Acoustic tour and as a sculptor she restored the Elfin Oak situated in Kensington Gardens. Subsequently she set up her Hackney studio and went on to exhibit across Europe. Since 2006 Abigail has been employed as an Associate Lecturer at London College of Fashion, UAL, specialising in drawing and product design. During this time she was awarded a distinction on the Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning and also built a reputation as an academic. Her success record is impressive, as many of her former students have gone on to take on pivotal roles within the fashion industry. Abigail has an extensive collection of teaching resources that are currently being collated into a text book. The lectures and workshops she facilitates are carefully constructed to inform and inspire students to be as creative as possible. Her experience and plethora of knowledge gained by working and teaching within the fashion industry has made her an inspiration to students past and present.


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • A3 layout pad
  • 2b Pencils
  • Fine black fibre tip pens
  • Glue stick
  • Magic marker or brush pen in the skin colour of your choice
  • Digital camera or high-quality phone camera
  • Stainless steel pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors

These can be purchased from any good art shop/dressmaking shop. As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Please bring a small amount of cash to the course on your first day to credit your printing account.  It is unlikely you will need to spend more than £5.

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