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Understanding Fabrics Study Tour to Première Vision, Paris

Understanding Fabrics Study Tour to Première Vision, Paris

London College of Fashion
Taught by
Noorin Khamisani


For any career in fashion an understanding of fabrics is a must. This course provides a two-day essential overview of sourcing fabrics, from fibre through to yarn and finally the finished fabrics. Followed by an accompanied study tour to Première Vision in Paris on the third day.

You will explore how the fibre content of fabrics helps to determine their characteristics, quality and cost, how fabrics are developed, their end uses and what to look for when sourcing. You will learn about natural and man-made fibres, their origins, properties and production.

This course also considers trend, design and product development considerations when sourcing fabrics. It looks at a wide range of different structures and finishes in relation to how they transform the fabric. The different methods of both dyeing and printing are explained and examined. You'll handle fabric samples and key terms and definitions are explained to demonstrate the wide variety of techniques used in industry.

By touching and examining fabric samples you will quickly learn how to identify commonly used fabrics and start to build up an understanding of fabrics, the raw materials of fashion.

On the third day you'll visit Première Vision in Paris and have 5 to 6 hours to visit the show. The show is the world's most important fabric trade fairs and essential for gathering trend intelligence. Your tutor will brief you on what to expect at the show, and how to get the most from your day. Exhibitors and visitors from all over the world will be at this landmark established show where you can experience the vibrancy and buzz of global fabric and fashion trends.

A full range of complementary Understanding Fabrics courses are available, view all courses on our website


All levels

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


Your course place is confirmed once you have booked online or via the phone using a credit or debit card. There is no deadline for booking. Places are offered on a first come, first served basis, and all courses have a maximum number of students. We suggest you book early to avoid disappointment.

Price includes:

  • Standard class return Eurostar from London St Pancras International to Paris Gare du Nord
  • Entrance to Première Vision in Paris
  • Metro transfers to Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte

Travel insurance, visas, accommodation, catering and other expenses are not included. Please ensure you have a passport and the correct visas to study in the UK and for travel to France.

Course schedule:

Day 1
Day 2
Day 3
0930-1630 0930-1630 0700-2100 (UK time)
Classroom in London
Classroom in London
Travel to/from Première Vision in Paris
Première Vision
Première Vision
Première Vision

Tutor Description

Noorin Khamisani has worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years, with eight of those spent specifically in the field of sustainable fashion. Her varied background includes experience of consulting, working with independent designers and high street brands and more recently, setting up an independent sustainable fashion business, Outsider 


In order to fully participate in the practical exercises please bring the following materials/equipment to the first class:

  • Passport
  • Notebook and pen

Please ensure you've the correct visa for travel to France.

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