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Fashion Design Summer School

Fashion Design Summer School

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Ana Stankovic-Fitzgerald, Lezley George


Do you dream of designing your own clothes? But not sure how to get started? This four-week fashion design and fashion drawing course will provide you with the skills you need.

Introduction to fashion design (week 1)

Through practical exercises and focused discussions, you will research a theme and learn how to develop this into fashion designs. You will begin to draw and communicate your ideas exploring silhouette, detail and colour, eventually developing a small capsule collection of designs. This unit includes:

  • Experimental design analysis
  • Primary and secondary design research
  • Creating research sheets and mood board
  • Developing a colour palette
  • Fabric awareness
  • Exploring different art materials
  • Range planning
Fashion drawing (week 2)

In the second week you explore drawing styles and techniques in the context of fashion. We will show you how to express your designs figuratively, and get your ideas on paper. You will learn to draw a fashion figure, deconstruct and sketch garments, and seamlessly combine figures with clothing. By the end of this week, you will know the ins and outs of drawing throughout the design process, and you will be able to communicate design ideas more freely and effectively, and begin a collection of work for your portfolio. This unit includes:

  • Drawing a fashion figure
  • Gesture, movement and pose
  • Drawing hands, faces and feet
  • Fashion silhouettes, cut and style of different garments
  • Drawing drapery and volume
  • Drawing flats
  • Sketching for fashion
Fashion design – intermediate (week 3)

Week three is a follow-on from week one. The course will help you develop your understanding of the principles of fashion design, with an emphasis on three-dimensional experimentation. You'll work with fabric directly onto dress mannequins and your experimental ideas will then be developed onto paper. This course will help you consolidate your understanding of fashion design. This unit includes:

  • Development of primary and secondary research
  • Draping on the mannequins using fabric
  • Experimental design analysis
Fashion illustration (week 4)

In week four you have the chance to develop your ideas and creative skills through the medium of fashion illustration. You'll study different methods of illustration and recording work in the context of fashion, and learn conventional and new media techniques. The idea is to find your own visual language and unlock your creativity through experimentation, from concept to completion. This unit includes:

  • Creating a fashion illustration
  • Developing your visual vocabulary
  • Exploring different media and techniques
  • Interpreting concepts and ideas
  • Importance of keeping a sketchbook
  • Developing a personal drawing style
  • Exploring colour palettes
  • Understanding the wider role of fashion illustration
  • Beginning a portfolio of design and illustrative work

Beginners. You should have an interest in fashion 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

Ana Stankovic-Fitzgerald has been teaching on a variety of drawing courses at London College of Fashion since 2003. Originally, she studied drawing, painting, print-making and sculpture in the Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Arts in Belgrade, specialising in painting. She is a member of the Association of Illustrators and has had freelance commissions published online, in magazines, books, as advertisements and in corporate literature.

Ana is currently teaching on a number of drawing, illustration and visual communication courses on different programmes at LCF and Nottingham Trent University. Ana has pioneered the delivery of practical fashion drawing and illustration courses via an online medium at LCF as well as teaching face-to-face courses.

Ana is passionate about the craft of drawing and teaching drawing and she has a vast knowledge and expertise in utilising & experimenting with various media including charcoal, ink, watercolours, collage, markers, pastels, acrylics, oils, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Lectra Kaledo Style and various iPad applications.

Ana's work was selected for the 'Best of British Illustration' in 2001 and exhibited at numerous venues abroad and in the UK including Royal College of Art.

Over the years, Ana has devised and delivered combination of analogue and digital Fashion Drawing and Illustration workshops for various institutions, including several workshops for Victoria and Albert Museum (Art of Adornment for Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Exhibition, Shoe Design and Drawing for Shoes: Pleasure and Pain Exhibition, Illustrating Garments in V &A Fashion Galleries), Design Museum (part of Drawing Fashion Exhibition), Fashion Space Gallery (Drawing from Fashion Film), Royal Collection (Fashioning a Reign Exhibition), Clerkenwell Design Week and numerous charities.

Lezley George created her eponymous fashion label based in London for twenty years. She is a fashion designer whose work includes developing unique textiles. Her collections of designer womenswear were sold in boutiques and department stores in thirty countries worldwide. Between 1991 and 2008 the label showcased at international trade shows in London, Paris, Milan and New York and presented on the runway at London Fashion Week, Australia Fashion Week, Rome Couture Week, Buenos Aires Fashion Week, and at catwalk events in Japan, Germany, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, South Africa, Dubai, China, and Uruguay. She has spent the last eight years living and working in the Middle east, where she taught fashion design at Universities in Dubai and mentored locally –based designers. She is currently completing her PhD at LCF that examines fashion and identity in the United Arab Emirates. 


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

  • A3 layout pad
  • A4 or A3 sketchbook 
  • Pencils
  • Fine black fibre tip pens
  • Glue stick
  • Magic marker or brush pen in the skin colour of your choice
  • Camera and film or a digital camera
  • Dressmaking pins
  • Fabric scissors
  • Paper scissors

As part of your research you will be required to do some printing. Students will be required to put a minimum of £2 on a printing account and pay by debit or credit card – the tutor will advise you during your course. Please be aware you may also need to purchase a small amount of fabric for draping on the stand during week 3.

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