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Fashion London

Fashion London (online short course)

Central Saint Martins
Taught by
Alexis Gane, Daniela Bomba


Explore London of fashion designers' studios, specialist shops and fashion events scattered around the city. Experience the city from the perspective of a contemporary fashion designer. Visit galleries, retail trails, markets, exhibitions, and fashion events in order to get an insider's view of the London's contemporary fashion world.

This course explores the city that so many fashion designers and fashion industry professionals use as a source of inspiration. London's instinct for innovative fashion comes from its history, street style and culture. It is a hub of creativity that many designers and fashion houses use, season after season, as a reference point for their collections. An eclectic mix of fashion and inspiration is available in London, from street style and vintage through to independent boutiques and concept stores.

You will start to view London differently as a city full of research opportunities and clothing references. You will be introduced to  key areas where young London fashion designers seek inspiration from. We will explore the contemporary fashion world by researching designers, new collections and the retail scene. 

You will learn about design processes and undertake individual projects to generate research for design and inspiration. We will look at how designers use the visual world around them. You will also learn about new emerging fashion design talent, looking at young designers’ new labels, and the impact of new influences on the London Fashion week schedule. In addition, there will be hand-outs and talks that will recommend areas to visit for self-directed research.

Topics covered include:

  • exploring contemporary fashion London
  • developing visual research skills
  • understanding how research informs the design process and the creative identity
  • exploring street style and subculture influences
  • developing visual communication and presentation skills

During studio sessions you will discover and understand London fashion and its position in fashion today. There will be individual tutorials. Independent research projects are designed to help you develop your own identity as a fashion creative. They will be supported by group discussion and critique.


By the end of the course you will gain a better understand of the unique energy of contemporary fashion in London and how the city can be a source of inspiration for design.

You should develop an awareness of current fashion and culture, improve your research skills and develop confidence in expressing ideas and concepts.

You will be encouraged to keep a journal of your visual research, which can be used  as a source of reference and inspiration for future projects.

Who should take this course?

The course is suitable for:

  • anyone looking to gain research and development skills and learn more about fashion design
  • those wanting to explore the emergence of contemporary fashion in London, London Fashion Week, young designers, and the visual research design process.
  • anyone preparing for a future in London as a fashion student or undertaking work experience in the fashion industry.

Level: This course is suitable to students of all levels and experience.

Please note that all courses scheduled to start before 31 July 2020 will take place in an online classroom. Courses starting after this date will be held in our onsite classrooms.

For more information on Online Short Courses please see the below information.

All our Online Short Courses include:

  • Live online lessons with the same tutors
  • The same course content and learning outcomes
  • Lesson recordings, for review
  • Access to VLE with course content
  • Forums for support
  • 3 months online access
  • Certificate upon completion

Further details about preparing for your online course, and the equipment you need, can be found here.

Please note that all courses are taught in UK time. To check and compare times please click here.

Tutor: The tutor on this course changes depending on the course dates. Tutors’ biographies are provided below. If you need to know which tutor is teaching a specific course, please contact us at Short Course Enquiries.

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

Online courses are not available to book on the day they start.

Tutor Description

Alexis is a print designer, womenswear designer and product development specialist, with over 10 years of experience working within the fashion industry.

After graduating with a BA (hons) in Womenswear Design from Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, she has worked for brands in both London and Paris. Names including Eley Kishimoto, Antipodium, Topshop Unique and Guy Laroche. 

Whilst working as a designer, she also honed her skills into the realm of product development. Working creatively with technical teams and with a natural instinct for fabric selection, she helps to ensure collections maximise their potential.

Currently she is working for Ninety Percent, a brand whose focus is on sustainability and ethics. Trying to make better choices for the planet at design level, with innovative fabric developments, slow design features, and considered trims.

Daniela is a womenswear designer, print designer and creative consultant. She has worked both in London and abroad for luxury fashion houses and brands as well as tutoring at Central Saint Martins.  Daniela began her studies at Ravensbourne college of Art Design and Communication and completed her Masters in Fashion Womenswear at Central Saint Martins. She has worked for various fashion labels including Jonathan Saunders and Luella. A consultant to several brands including, Adam Andrascik and Selfridges, Daniela also teaches womenswear on the fashion folio course at Central Saint Martins.


Please bring with you to each class:
  • camera or phone with built in camera
  • pen/pencil and a notebook
  • travel card or Oyster card which is already topped up
  • comfortable shoes for walking
  • suitable clothes for the climate

Available dates