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Creating A Fashion Sketchbook

Creating A Fashion Sketchbook

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Rory Parnell-Mooney


This two-week intensive course explores different ways of creating a fashion designer's portfolio: your own personal sketchbook. It will be an opportunity for you to unlock your creative mind, and challenge your ideas about fashion and what a fashion sketchbook should look like.You will collect and process inspiration from different and sometimes unusual sources, try out ideas, and take risks.


The outcome will be a collection of work in sketchbook form, a personal and varied set of fashion work that explores and investigates different and individual themes chosen by each student. Students should also produce supporting work, such as smaller A5 sketch books and research files.

The students should leave the course feeling confident about working independently to design and develop fashion ideas. They will leave being comfortable in a studio environment and feel ready to pursue further education in fashion design.

You should finish the course having a sketchbook filled with design ideas for potential fashion collections and a new confidence to develop new designs.

Learning strategy

You will learn through a mix of one-to-one advice, group discussions, guided research trips and self-directed work.

The course will be adapted to the needs of each student, but they should also take some responsibility for their own learning. For example, if you are really enjoying working on collages from week one, you could continue doing so. Tutors will let the students explore and will fully support them in developing their own pathway of interests.

Topics covered

  • Doing visual research and getting and using inspiration from different sources
  • How to present and develop your fashion ideas on your sketchbook
  • Constructing a visual narrative and developing concepts for a collection
  • Fashion drawing, collage and working on mannequins to explore different shapes and textures
  • Guided and recommended visits to London's cultural scene, such as galleries, street markets, and specialist shops
  • Exploring different techniques and media and different types of portfolio presentation skills.

Who should take this course?

Fashion enthusiasts looking to apply for further studies, those who wish to enhance their portfolio, or those who are simply hungry to look for new ways to look at fashion design and unlock their creativity.

The course could also be used as a preparation for our Fashion Folio course, and an introduction to the CSM approach to fashion.

Entry requirement: Basic understanding of spoken English is needed.

Level:  All levels, from beginners to more experienced students.

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

Tutor Description

Rory Parnell-Mooney is an Irish-born menswear designer who lives and works in London. He has a Masters in Menswear from Central Saint Martins. Rory presented his first collection under his own name at London Collections: Men in January 2015 with support from Fashion East and Topman and his second solo collection was shown in June 2015. He is currently stocked at Dover Street Market in London and New York and other international stores.

Rory teaches on the Fashion Folio course at Central Saint Martins as well as a number of summer courses and bespoke fashion courses in Hong Kong.


Please bring with you to the first session:

A3 paper/sketchbook
A4 paper/sketchbook
A selection of drawing pencils F, H, HB, 1B, 2B(and mechanical pencils also)
Coloured pencils (water soluble or normal)
1 rubber
Crayons/other cheap drawing materials you like to use
A3 tracing paper
Masking tape
Paints (water colour/gouache/acrylic/poster paint)
Pastels or chalks
1 pritt stick
Plastic water pot (for water colours)
Paint brushes
1 small pot of PVA glue
Old copies of fashion magazine for cutting up

Available dates

If no dates are showing then please Enquire about this course and we will contact you when new dates are published.