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Fashion Womenswear Residential Summer School for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Fashion Womenswear Residential Summer School for 16 to 18 Year Olds

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Anna-Nicole Ziesche, with others


This residential workshop is aimed at teenagers who dare to be different, have an opinion and an interest in clothing. This workshop will stimulate and challenge you in the same way fashion students at CSM are stretched every day.

You will grow an understanding for the significance and power behind fashion design and how to communicate emotions & motion, thoughts and opinions through garments creating a change. Crucially, you will look at different forms of fashion research and also fashion presentations such as film, performance, installation etc.

The focus of the workshop is the joy of developing a strong idea and seeing it through to a finished piece without needing any specific technical skills. By the end of the two weeks we will celebrate your own exclusive series of dress experiments and their physical and visual presentations- bear in mind this is an experimental and creative design course, and will not focus sewing garments.

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

The importance of investigating and communicating emotions and opinions through fashion

  • Different kinds of fashion presentations other than a catwalk show
  • 3D skills, such as draping and experimenting with textile
  • Researching, collating and exploring different materials
  • How to develop an idea from research through experimentation to a final design outcome
  • A series of dresses analysed and represented in numerous ways
  • On this fashion course you can expect to explore the design process very much in the spirit of the college, where your own personal and explorative approach will be celebrated and encouraged
  • Creating fashion imagery through painting, photography, drawing etc.

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 express their very own thoughts or feelings
  • Building a portfolio for future studies
  • Confident in learning from their mistakes
  • 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 basic studio skills
  • 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 Womenswear 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.

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

    Tutor Description

    Anna-Nicole Ziesche graduated in MA Fashion Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London in 2000. Anna-Nicole Ziesche works as a Visual Artist, a BA Fashion Lecturer at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts and Research Fellow: Design for Performance at London College of Fashion, University of the Arts, London.


    Please bring with you:

    • Basic stationary
    • Cutting shears
    • Paper scissors
    • Garment pins
    • phone or camera
    • brushes


    Available dates