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Womenswear Design (Online Short Course)

Womenswear Design (Online Short Course)

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Tina Sutradhar


This course is an introduction to womenswear design that will teach you about designing clothes, finding inspiration anywhere and starting your own fashion collection. You will learn about the process of clothing design and how to research and develop your own collections.

On this practical course you will create fashion drawings and moodboards, helping you identify your unique style and aesthetic. Research is a vital part of the garment making process so this course has a focus on research techniques. You will learn where to find inspiration and how to create fabric and colour boards.

By the end of the course you will know how to take your textile designs from concept to research and how to get ideas for details, fabric design, colours, trends and silhouettes. You will also explore the business side of creating a womenswear brand, from market positioning to promotion.

Each week your tutor will set you tasks to complete, so which could be to develop your sketches or document inspiration that you come across in your everyday life. You will learn through lively discussion, tutor Q&As, practical tasks, looking at research project examples and carrying out your own independent research.

This course will give you the necessary skills to continue researching and developing collections. By the end of the course you will have produced a series of final sketches, which you can add to your portfolio before applying for a degree course or even starting your own label.


  • Exploring research in design
  • Brief history of womenswear from 1840s to present day
  • Fashion drawing and drawing techniques
  • Understanding details in womenswear design
  • Decoding an image
  • How to start a fashion collection
  • How to find inspiration
  • Mind mapping and moodboards
  • Primary and secondary research
  • Branding and logos
  • Market positioning
  • Creating customer boards
  • Creating colour and fabric boards
  • Product range planning
  • Pricing and where to sell
  • Promotion and market positioning
  • Creating research pages
  • Process from design to runway
  • Process from runway to customer
  • Trend forecasting
  • Creating your final sketches

Student Reviews:

"Tina was really engaging during lessons and gave a really interesting overview of womenswear design. Tina's feedback and advice has helped me push my work forward and given me lots to think about. Would definitely do an online short course again." - Ariana, Fine Art Graduate & Library Assistant

"Tina is a great teacher, always prepared and the examples she used were very interesting and smart. The homework was worth doing as you get a lot of feedback and encouragement. I would definitely recommend this inspiring course!" - Karolina Kurzak, former student

Course Outcomes:

By the end of the course you will have;

  • Created a series of final womenswear design sketches
  • Expanded your portfolio
  • Knowledge of how to effectively carry out research for a womenswear collection
  • Created colour and fabric boards
  • Created research pages

Who is Womenswear Design (Online Short Course) for?
This course is for anyone with a keen interest in womenswear who would like to learn fashion design, develop their portfolio and improve their technical knowledge to apply for fashion design degree course or even to launch your own womenswear brand.

Level: Beginner

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

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

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here
Please note that Online courses are closed to all new bookings 48 hours prior to the course starting.

Tutor Description

Nikita and Tina Sutradhar founded luxury clothing brand MIUNIKU. Growing up in the city of Mumbai, the designers were a part of rapid globalization, and many of its factors greatly influenced the way they lived and perceived things. Thus it could be said that they have always had an international outlook, which became even more polished from the time they have been in London. In 2009, Tina completed her Bachelors degree in business studies in Mumbai and later that year, went on to do a short course in Fashion marketing at London College of Fashion. In the summer of 2010, Nikita completed a diploma in Fashion design from Raffles International in Mumbai. Later in 2010, both of them went to study a Degree in Pattern Cutting, progressing onto a BA (Hons) Womenswear, at London College of Fashion. They graduated in June 2013. They are currently based in London and Mumbai. The brand name comes from the nick names given to the designers by their parents. Tina - Miu and Nikita - Niku. The overall brand aesthetic is a balance between clean lines and graphic details, mixing minimal and maximal elements. In May 2014, they were awarded the Special Jury Prize at the LVMH Prize for Young Fashion Designers 2014. Tina and Nikita also received the Fashion Innovation Award at London college of fashion (July 2013) and the ISKO™ Denim Diffusion Award (July 2013). They were Semi- Finalists of the H&M Design Awards 2014. 


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

  • Notepad and pen

In addition to the materials listed above, you will need:

  • A recent computer with a recent operating system    
  • An up-to-date web browser. (It would be advisable to ensure you have access to two separate web browsers eg Safari and Mozilla Firefox or
  • Google Chrome and Internet Explorer)    
  • Microphone (a headset with microphone/headphones is recommended)    
  • Headphones    
  • Webcam

Finally, a good broadband connection is also recommended. (Mobile data 3G/4G or a mobile dongle might not provide sufficient bandwidth).

Further information on the online learning system requirements.

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