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Fashion Thinking In 3D

Fashion Thinking In 3D

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Karin Peterson


Clothes are worn on the body. Our bodies are three-dimensional forms. Why then do we often rely on designing in 2D? Why begin in 2D when the outcome must be in 3D? Fashion Thinking in 3D will encourage you to explore alternatives to the 2D design process. This course will introduce you to ways of developing designs and patterns in 3D without necessarily needing to draw.

If you have existing work - either 2D or 3D - that you would like to develop in a new direction, you are encouraged to bring this along for discussion and advice. As well workshops, there will be opportunity for one-to-one advice on your work. The course will help you to recognise your strengths and develop your creative identity within an open framework.

Topics covered

During the course you will be introduced to a variety of ways in which exciting outcomes can be created through systematic experimentation. These will include:

  • working with fabrics directly onto the dummy or body
  • deconstructing and reconstructing existing garments
  • construction without seams
  • folding, collage and much more

By the end of the course, successful students will have a sketchbook of focussed research, a capsule collection, a range of skills and techniques and a new perspective on the design process.

Who should take this course?

Whether you are already working in the industry and would like an inspiration boost or you are totally new to fashion design, this could be the course for you.

Entry requirements: None

Level: Beginners


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

Tutor Description

Karin Peterson graduated from the MA Womenswear at Royal College of Art in 2006. Shortly thereafter she started working as womenswear designer for the print based design label daviddavid. In 2010 she sat up her own practrise together with Kari Landen.


Please bring to the first session

  • Old magazines, books, newspapers, flyers etc. (to be cut up, so nothingprecious)
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric scissors
  • Tape
  • Glue
  • Pens and pencils
  • Ruler
  • Meassuring tape
  • Stapler

If you don't live in London make sure you pack any material or equipment you find exciting to work with when building garments. Paper, fabric, plastic etc. For example, if you have fabric pieces you would like to work with, please bring themalong (preferably big pieces). It would also be good if you bring second hand garments and/or old garments you no longer use. Fabrics and garment need to be cheap so you are fine with cutting them into pieces. It is for trying things out, not to make finished garments.We will not be needing fabrics or garments on the first dayof the course but the more material you have for the week the more possibilities you have for really exciting results. 

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