Fashion Course

The 22 Fashion Design Modules

1. Welcome to the course

  • An introduction to the fashion design course
  • What skills do you need?
  • Career paths
  • Your strengths and weaknesses
  • Getting inspiration

2. The history of fashion design

  • Garments in ancient society
  • Fashion in the 18th Century
  • Fashion in the 19th Century
  • Fashion in the 20th Century onwards

3. Types of fashion design

  • Women’s fashion
  • Men’s fashion
  • Children’s fashion

4. Understanding the fashion cycle

  • What is a fashion cycle?
  • The introduction
  • The rise
  • The peak
  • The decline and obsolete stage
  • Fashion cycle importance in trends
  • Why some trends last longer than others

5. Predicting trends

  • Forecasters
  • Forecasting and trends
  • Predicting what’s next
  • Pop culture and trends
  • Other cultures

6. The youth fashion market

  • The power of denim
  • Why is fashion so important to youth?
  • What influences the youth fashion market?
  • Celebrities and peer pressure

7. Equipment

  • Equipment for patternmaking
  • Equipment for cutting
  • Sewing machines
  • Ironing

8. Fabrics and raw materials

  • Raw materials
  • Natural fibres
  • Chemical fibres
  • Textile materials
  • Woven Fabrics
  • Knitting
  • Finishing

9. More on raw materials

  • The trend books
  • The trade fairs
  • The yarn fairs
  • The fabric fairs
  • The order

10. Materials

  • Threads
  • Interfacing
  • Interlining
  • Wadding
  • Buttons
  • Zippers

11. Producing garments

  • Pattern making
  • Sample making
  • Production
  • Sewing and assembly
  • Inspection
  • Pressing/finishing
  • Packing and distribution

12. Clothing design vs. Product development

  • Clothing design
  • Research, design, prototype/sample making
  • Product development
  • Merchandising, buying, financial roles, customer knowledge
  • Visual merchandising

13. Patternmaking by hand

  • Basic measurements
  • Skirt patterns
  • Top pattern
  • Sleeves
  • Trouser modification

14. Modifying basic patterns

  • Skirt modification
  • Top modification

15. CAD systems

  • Grafis systems
  • Assyst-Bullmer Systems
  • Gerber systems

16. The sewing process

  • Darts
  • Pockets
  • Zippers

17. Design work

  • Where to start
  • Working with trends
  • Planning a collection
  • Designing a garment
  • Fashion week

18. Your target market

  • Department store or boutique?
  • Ready-to-Wear versus Couture

19. Fashion drawing and collection collages

  • The proportions
  • The medium
  • The painting technique
  • Perspective and movement
  • The colours
  • The pattern
  • The collage

20. Creating a collection

  • Designing a collection
  • Designing skirts

21. Setting up your business

  • Setting up your business on a small budget
  • Your place of work
  • Types of business
  • How to write a business plan
  • Business operations and accounting

22. Marketing

  • Marketing your fashion design business
  • How to look for work
  • Printed materials
  • Printed advertisements
  • Using PR to get business
  • Creating a website
  • Networking

We supply all the modules at the beginning of the course. That means you can study topics whenever you choose. You don't have to wait weeks to get to a section that you need. Though we recommend you take the modules in the order shown, you can tackle them in any order you choose. To help you get the most from the course, we aim to be completely flexible.

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