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Fashion Menswear Residential Summer School for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Fashion Menswear Residential Summer School for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Chris New, Dominic Akhavan-Moossavi


This residential workshop aims to introduce students to the typical working practices of a menswear fashion designer. Many designers work almost exclusively in 2D, so the contemporary fashion designer needs to be able to conceive and fully resolve designs in 2D. Prototyping is a labour-intensive, therefore expensive process so the majority of design development needs to happen prior to making a sample.

The aim of this project is to take students through the 2D journey of the menswear design team – from initial concepts that are conceived through the research process, evolving through rigorous sketching, and then to the final detail designs, which are typically nowadays rendered digitally in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Running parallel with this is the selection of fabrics and trims. Many fabrics are simply selected, however at times the design team are also involved with selecting specialist treatments such as washes, stitching, but also print design and embroideries.

The students will be thoroughly briefed on the project they are being set. This will be based on casual “work-wear” and given the task of researching manual workers from the early 20th century. This era was the early days of photography and some photographers such as August Sander actually went around photographing and producing an archive of ‘ordinary people’ and how they dressed. This will form the basis of the research the group will be required to do. Students will have the opportunity to visit specialist photographic archives, but also the fantastic garment archive of the Vintage Showroom in London’s Notting Hill, where they can get inspiration and make sketches of garments but also small details. Students will be encourage to look at other genres of clothing such as military and classic sportswear for further inspiration.

During the two weeks you will explore the following subjects, all supported by the relevant talks and discussions:

  • Understanding working practices of being a Fashion Designer
  • Researching, collating and exploring different materials
  • How to develop an idea from research, through experimentation, to a final design outcome
  • On this fashion course you can expect to explore the design process very much in the spirit of the college
  • Creating fashion imagery through drawing, and Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator

This course has been designed to be an exciting and unique experience for any 16-18 year-old who is:

  • Interested in developing their own creativity
  • Wishing to explore the background of becoming a menswear designer
  • Building a portfolio for future studies
  • Keen to work with students of different nationalities
  • Wishing to develop their skills in communicating ideas

Topics Covered

  • Introduction to fashion design, research and fashion presentation
  • Develop and encourage idea development skills
  • Gain an understanding of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Present your final work to your peers and tutors


  • An ability to research concepts which can be developed into design (Research)
  • An ability to translate research concepts into creative design solutions in response to a brief (Analysis)
  • An ability to communicate ideas/concepts through visual presentation (Communication, Presentation)

The ability to work independently and professionally focusing on a particular design brief (Collaborative, Independent Learning)

What’s included

  • Experience life as a student in London
  • Experience the energy and vibrancy of London as a world city including off-site visits to galleries and places of interest.
  • Guest lecturers including specialist practitioners, associate lecturers and past students
  • Certificates of attendance  
  • Guidance on the application process for the UAL 
  • Single rooms with Ensuite at Sketch House, UAL Halls of residence
  • Breakfast included at Sketch House, UAL Halls of residence
  • 13 nights total at Sketch House (check in Sunday before / check out final Saturday)
  • 24x7 helpline and overnight Summer School Representatives
  • Evening and weekend social activities to galleries and places of interest
  • Accompanied travel between the halls of residence and CSM’s Archway campus
  • Pre-paid travel card for local transport across London for week 2 of the course

The studio for the Fashion Menswear residential course are at Central Saint Martins’ Archway campus in North London, which is home to the fashion Foundation Studies. Accommodation is nearby at Sketch House halls of residence in Finsbury Park. Both locations are within easy reach both of Central Saint Martins’ main campus at Kings Cross and everything else that London has to offer as a world centre of fashion in terms of exhibitions and galleries. Programmed activities during evenings and weekends, including gallery visits and events, will ensure that students are able to make the most of these resources. Please note that accommodation at Sketch House will only include breakfast, and does not cover lunch or dinner. However there is a range of options available to students very close at hand in Archway and Finsbury Park.

Accommodation will be provided from Sunday 2 August - Saturday 15 August and the course will be delivered from Monday 3 August - Friday 14 August.

    Developed by Chris New BA Fashion Design Menswear Pathway Leader, CSM

    Please note: This course is for students aged 16 to 18 years old only

    Tutor Description

    Christopher New started his career working for Paul smith in the early 1980s. In 1984 he left to open his own retail shop in London’s Soho district. He soon expanded his retail and wholesale business, opening stores in New York, and Tokyo, and wholesaling his collections to boutique stores worldwide. In 1997 he sold the business and took the post of course leader for BA Fashion Menswear at Central Saint Martins, but still doing freelance designing for a number of well-known UK brands. He remains as menswear course leader but also academic Quality Coordinator of the fashion programme. 

    Dominic-Afsheen Akhavan-Moossavi is a graduate from the BA Fashion course at Central Saint Martins. He is a menswear designer, with a deep interest in print, colour and performance. As well as his own practice he is involved in education and helping anyone achieve their potential and ideas.


    Please bring with you to the first session:

    • Sketchbooks A3
    • Drawing materials, pencils, pens, rubber, etc
    • Camera (the one on your phone is fine)
    • Laptop or Tablet would be desirable not essential.

    Available dates

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