Today’s fashion designers are catalysts of creativity, forming new trends, responding to consumer demands, industry developments and new technology, from initial design right through to the finished garment. Students learn a breadth of skills and knowledge in design, pattern cutting and garment technology, for womenswear, menswear, and elements of fashion accessories design.
The course encourages students to develop an individual style, necessary to build a solid future in fashion. They will be equipped to deal with existing and emerging technologies in today’s apparel manufacturing and retailing environments, and have an understanding of business practices within the global clothing industry. Starting with skills in sketching and fashion drawing, this program moves on to address key notions and advanced techniques in fashion design and fabric and clothing manufacturing, as well as cultural studies in the history of dress, and the fashion system. Working directly from their own illustrated ideas students progress on to collection design and garment making; selecting the most appropriate materials, analyzing fabrics, applying draping and pattern cutting techniques, and final garment construction. Students learn how to create collections and work on an accurate analysis of materials and fabrics, integrating communication codes and influences that may come from personal experiences, art, cinema and design to name just a few.