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Introduction to Fashion Design

Introduction to Fashion Design

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


This inspirational and practical fashion design course will immerse you in the world of the fashion designer and will help you understand how they undertake the fashion design process. We will introduce you to the principles of fashion design and fashion drawing and show you how to develop your ideas from extensive research.

The course includes:

  • Experimental fashion design analysis
  • Primary and secondary design research
  • Refining design ideas for your chosen market
  • Creating mood boards for colour selection
  • Fabric awareness
  • Basic fashion drawing techniques
  • Exploring different media

Student reviews:

"I loved this course! The teacher was amazing and I wouldn't hesitate to book another course if I knew she was teaching it. She took into account all the varied reasons that students had given for attending the course and kept coming back to these different perspectives throughout the week, with various bits of info and advice that would help students in pursuit of their individual goals. This meant I got a wide and really interesting insight into the fashion industry, including parts I hadn't given much thought to before. I was really worried about "not being able to draw very well" before I attended the course and I think a few others felt the same. The practical exercises we did (drawing, collage, draping fabric) were fun and made me realise that at this stage, drawing is just a means to record my ideas and research." - Amy - UK


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

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.

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


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

  • An A3 layout pad
  • Pencils and fine black fibre tip pens
  • Glue stick
  • Magic marker or brush pen in your choice of skin tone

These can be purchased from any good art 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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