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Lingerie and Swimwear Design (Online Short Course)

Lingerie, Swimwear and Bodywear Design (Online Short Course)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Nichole de Carle


This course covers the design processes of lingerie and swimwear enabling you to design your own capsule collection. You will also gain valuable insights into the lingerie and swimwear industry, giving you a thorough understanding of the product cycle from concept design to manufacture and route to market.

You'll focus on research development, customer profiling, establishing a market position, concept development and exploring design details, creating a wishlist of fabrics/components for your design.

This course also includes trend forecasting and colour palette development to drive your collection build, with drawing tips and range planning. You will be working both independently and in groups, with regular group feedback.

Please note that this is a design based course and does not include any garment construction work or pattern cutting.


  • Trend boards (colour pallet, product shape, product detail, fabrics/prints, design theme)
  • Shop report (competitor analysis to help with your range planning)
  • Marketing guide (how do your competitors market their designs?)
  • Customer profile (what type of customer are you designing for?)
  • Illustration guide (where to start, what materials to use)
  • Finishing and terminology (understanding different types of finishing to build into your sketches)
  • Collection build (designing your capsule collection)
  • Understand next steps (route to manufacture, designer checklists, final e-presentation)

By the end of the course you should have;

  • Used professional, structured techniques to research ideas
  • Gained an understanding of your competitors and their marketing techniques
  • Identified your target customer and their needs
  • Used templates and illustration blocks to create your own designs
  • Presented your flat drawings in a style summary sheet
  • Become confident with the technical terminology relating to lingerie and swimwear design
  • Created a collection of your own designs that can contribute to a portfolio or be taken to a manufacturer
  • Presented your finished collection to the group
  • Received personal feedback from your tutor, an industry expert

Who is Lingerie and Swimwear Design (Online) for
This course is perfect for anyone looking to make the first step and as a lingerie and swimwear designer, or who wants to learn more about this exciting branch of the fashion industry, whilst creating their own unique designs. All levels are welcome, but as this course is only four weeks, if you are new to fashion illustration you may wish to take our Fashion Illustration Online Short Course first to practice your techniques.
Level: All levels welcome
Please note:
This course is for learners aged 18 and over.

Why choose an LCF Online Short Course
Our online learning short courses allow you to experience London College of Fashion wherever you are in the world. The real-time chat sessions are fully interactive allowing you to communicate easily with the tutor at the same time as fellow students. Additionally all LCF Online Short Courses include;

  • Live sessions with expert
  • Lesson recordings
  • Practical assignments
  • Personal feedback
  • VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • LCF Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here

Tutor Description

Nichole de Carle graduated from the Contour Design Course at De Montfort University in England with a First Class Honors degree. Nichole mastered rare skills in body contour and fit across lingerie, swimwear and corsetry. Such expertise later secured her positions at fashion power-houses Alexander McQueen and Donna Karen New York, then later at Sydney based lingerie specialists, Pleasure State. Nichole’s time with McQueen inspired her to pursue couture design within the intimates sector, founding her eponymous label, Nichole de Carle London in 2010. Originally a bespoke service, she quickly built up an impressive client list of A-list performers and international High Net Worth Individuals. Nichole’s specialism is in the technical creation of innovative, fashion-forward intimates for the modern power-woman. In 2012 Nichole set up a new business in parallel to building her brand, called 'London Contour Experts'. This company is based in London and specialises in product development and sampling, with expertise in creating high quality lingerie, activewear and swimwear for other brands and designers on a global scale. 


Online Short Course Materials

To take part in the Online sessions you will need:

  • An up-to-date web browser (we recommend Firefox or Chrome)
  • The latest version of Java installed on your device
  • Microphone and headphones (a headset with a microphone function is recommended)
  • Webcam
  • Strong Internet connection via WiFi or ethernet; 2G, 3G or 4G will not be sufficient

Course Specific Materials

  • Paper and pen to take notes during live sessions
  • A4 layout 45gsm paper pad
  • Technical/mechanical pencil
  • Eraser
  • Fine black pens
  • Materials for colour work in your preferred medium (e.g. coloured pencils, water soluble coloured pencils, felt tip pens etc)
  • Notepad and pen for note taking

Available dates