New Approaches to Fashion Design in Paris and London

The IFM/Central Saint Martins Dual City program is aimed at current fashion students or new professionals who wish to broaden and enrich their design experience in two great fashion capitals. Studio sessions will be supported by visits to places in Paris and London to gather research material.

Summer School - Dual city program Requirements

To attend this practical course participants must have completed at least two years of an undergraduate degree in fashion or have at least three years fashion industry experience and be competent in pattern making and sewing.

The program includes:

  • Contemporary Fashion
  • Research Skills
  • Practical Fashion Design, Draping and Textile Development
  • Developing 2D Concepts into 3D Prototypes

Dates: 3-7 July 2017 in Paris and 10-14 July 2017 in London
Hours: from 10am to 5pm
Price: £ 1,750 (VAT included)
English-taught program, 12 participants max

Program in Paris

The course content will be articulated around 3 main phases aiming to:

  1. Accomplish an in-depth analysis of your inspirational and narrative universe through « 5 senses » pictorial board(s) and a concise written "manifesto" of your creative intention.

  2. Allow you to define the key elements and components of your style and how they can be translated into a collection in terms of key pieces, structure, volume, color range, details, choice and use of materials and consistency of vision.

  3. Venture upon an in-depth understanding of whom your creative process is aimed at, thus conceptualizing your work as a fashion designer.

The course will provide additional contextualized topics through lectures and workshops that will allow participants to enrich their fashion design creative data base and vision. These include: Haute Couture, Brand DNA and how to analyze a Fashion Show. You will explore the contemporary Parisian world of fashion by researching the retail scene and thus discovering the newly launched major Winter collections. You will also be given the opportunity to discover the design process of a young fashion designer.

Program in London

The course content will focus on:

  • Understanding your research and your creative identity: The tutor will help you to focus your research and identify your individual strengths: design methodology, creative identity and developing your own creative philosophy.

  • Translating your research in to a design process: This phase will differ for each individual: either 2D work (sketching, collaging or photo-shop experimentations) or further research through sourcing and styling experiments.

  • How to explore initial ideas in 3D through stand work, draping and styling exercises on the mannequins: you will explore possibilities in shape and silhouette through the augmentation of existing garments.

  • Continuing through a design process in 2D and 3D: In groups and individual tutorials, you will evaluate how to push the specifics of your design process to the next stages, thus incorporating your 2D and 3D developments.

Throughout the week you will be given the opportunity to explore London, experiencing first-hand, our culture and how it has affected the contemporary fashion scene in London. We will focus on the east end of London: the most densely populated area in the world for creative people. We will access the rise of the young designer scene, the new labels immerging and its impact on the London Fashion week schedule.

Registration and additional information available on the Central Saint Martins College website

Contacts :

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