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Gives participants an insight into the professional world of fashion design.
This unique six-week course is designed to give participants an insight into the professional world of fashion design. With our valuable and prestigious contacts in the fashion world we are able to connect you to young practitioners working at the cutting edge of their profession.
For this module, you will be instructed on the rudiments of pattern cutting from measuring to the detailing and manufacture of woman's and menswear garments. This module is designed to give you an understanding in how to produce a fully formed garment using all the facilities and expertise of the prestigious fashion department at Kingston University. Basic materials and equipment will be provided alongside expert tuition.
Areas covered in this module will include:
A major feature of this intensive two-week (eight-day) module will be the study of cut work organisation, and how to progress this into garment assembly. This will be a prominent feature which you will need to fully understand to be apply it to the third module, Garment Production.
Module 2 – Research Development and 'Secret Studio' Visits
Kingston University runs one of the UK's premier BA fashion courses, which has international recognition. You will be working in the studios of this prestigious course, whilst beginning to understand the rudiments of research and how important this is to any designer. You will spend time each week on research-based projects.
In addition, our professional contacts enable us to offer you an experience unavailable elsewhere: you will visit the working studios of at least five talented designers who are at the very cutting edge of London's contemporary fashion scene. During these visits you will meet and work with them and see how they generate a collection using research as a 'tool' for development.
Ares covered will include:
You will visit at least five actual studios of working designers for this module. Past visits have included young high-end designers like Sarah Magnay (designer for Goldfrapp, Kylie Minogue, and Little Boots) and Fred Butler (Lady Gaga, US Vogue). Our established links with Vivienne Westwood have also previously enabled us to visit her studios and workshops.
All studio visits will be fully accompanied by an academic lead member of staff – most often Holly Berry. Holly will introduce and lead discussions which will help you to find out how these work, how to establish contacts, and how to run a successful individual fashion business.
This final module is designed to bring together the first four weeks of the design of your garment. You will be back in the studios at Kingston University, working with academic and technical staff to bring together your research, site visits, and 'secret studio' visits, to produce an outcome you never thought possible.
Areas covers will include:
Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance on completion of the course.
Prior experience is a real advantage and whilst we will not pre-select by portfolio, we will expect you to have a basic understanding of fashion design and, more importantly, a hunger to learn and make the most of this unique, tailor made experience. We will welcome all students who have a real interest in finding out what is possible and how to achieve a real and meaningful outcome.
Here are the materials that all students should bring with them on the course:
Students will also need to purchase their own material for the final garment being produced in the third module.
The following will be supplied as part of the course:
Dates for open courses currently available will be listed in the table at the top of this page with a "Book now" link that will direct you to our payment website. If no dates are shown and you would like to register your interest for future dates for this course please contact us.
The standard course fee is indicated at the top of this page. If a course has any discounted fees available (eg for early-bird booking, alumni or students) these will be clearly outlined on the booking website.
As an educational institution fees for our open short courses do not attract VAT.
Directions to Knights Park campus, Grange Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey KT1 2QJ: