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Introduction to Research for Fashion

Introduction to Research for Fashion

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Amy Stephenson


This course focuses on research and development for a fashion collection. Throughout this course you will be thinking outside the box and aiming to be more creative with you research and development skills. You will be encouraged to develop your own unique design identity by constantly collating new ideas from your creative archive of themes so that you can dip into this as a source of inspiration as you generate future projects.

You will be introduced to CSM library as a source of collecting inspirational imagery. Within the creative research, drawing and mixed media work we will also concentrate on areas of colour, scale, accessories and styling that will get you discovering new fashion concepts. You will look at the work of contemporary designers and their aesthetics.

We will have group critiques, discussions and editing, which will help you develop informed decisions and learn to communicate your aesthetic through your unique visual presentation style.


By the end of the course you will have explored new approaches to design and creative ways of generating design ideas, research and imagery .Students will take away a body of creative visual research that is unique to them. This archive of information can be a source of reference and inspiration for future projects and fashion collections.

Who should take this course?

Anyone looking to improve or gain creative research and development skills in fashion.

Topics covered include:

  • independent research projects
  • creative drawing and mixed media workshops
  • design development
  • presentation skills
  • visual communication skills

There will be external visits, individual tutorials and group critiques.

Entry requirements: None

Level : Beginners

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

Tutor Description

Amy Stephenson is an Assistant Designer at Womanswear label ASHISH. Specialising in Print and Embroidery, she graduated from Central Saint Martins MA Fashion in 2010 and has been working with the brand ever since.



  • Collected materials, objects and imagery
  • Drawing materials
  • Paints
  • Scissors
  • Masking tape
  • Camera or phone camera

Please note that this will discussed in more detail on the first day of the session

Available dates