Learn the basics of

Fashion Design

Module 1 explores the basics of fashion design, which includes the basics of fashion illustration, pattern making, and garment construction. For you to become a great designer, you need to have a strong foundation to build upon.

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Fashion Design

MODULE 1

Professional Diploma in Fashion Design

1.The Fuss About Fashion

This lesson focuses on the definition of fashion and touches on the role it plays in our lives. We will take a closer look at the role of the fashion designer and other career opportunities in the industry. The basics of drawing and illustration will be introduced and this will be used to draw your first flat fashion sketch.

2.Inspiration Celebration

This lesson pays special attention to research and inspiration and the value it adds to your design process. The mood board will make its appearance and you will be encouraged to create a mood board using all the tips and tricks discussed.

3.Delve into Design

This lesson focuses on the design elements, its importance and how a designer can apply these elements to their designs. This lesson will be filled with amazing examples of how these design elements can improve your design to make it a piece that stands out!

4.Finding Your Style

This lesson is all about style; from different clothing and fashion types to finding your own personal style. This fun exploration is the first step to owning your style and brand as a designer.

5.Drawing From Inspiration

This lesson builds on the basics of fashion drawing and illustration. Here you will learn how to bring your sketch to life with colour and rendering techniques. You will also be introduced to the fashion figure and dressing that figure with your fabulous designs.

6.Material Things

In this lesson we will explore all things material. This lesson focuses on the basics of textile theory with a fun experiment at the end of the lesson that will make you feel like a scientist!

7.For the Love of Patterns

This is a very practical and fun lesson. You will be introduced to pattern making and the different equipment used to create patterns. You will also put pencil to paper and create some blocks to be sewn in the next lesson.

8.Ready, Steady, Sew

This lesson is a fun and practical lesson where you will be introduced to the humble sewing machine and get to sew some basic seams.

1.Hooked on History

In this lesson we travel back in time to look at the different fashion eras and the design elements of each. After we have explored the evolution of fashion and its cultural significance, we will look at how to generate ideas from previous eras to create something new without appropriating any cultures.

2.Trending

If you want to be a trendsetter, you need to understand how trends work. In lesson 2, we will take a look at the fashion trend cycle and differentiate between trends and fads. You will also learn how to identify new trends which will make you a designer who sets trends and not just follow them.

3.Colour me Impressed

Did you know that colours can make us feel all kinds of feelings? Our mission for lesson 3 is to explore all things colour, from the basic colour wheel, the psychology of colour, and how colour can enhance your design.

4.Technical about Drawing

This lesson builds on the basics of fashion drawing and illustration. Here we will focus on drawing our very own 9-head fashion figure. This is the time to experiment with different drawing styles and discover your own.

5.Delve into Design

This lesson focuses on the design principles, its importance and how a designer can apply these principles to their designs. This lesson will be filled with amazing examples of how these design principles can improve your design to make it a piece that stands out from the rest!

6.Facing the Fabric

How do you choose the right fabric for your design? In this lesson we will look at the different fabric properties, how they influence your design, and how to choose the perfect fabric to make your vision come to life.

7.Finding the Pattern

Design details like pleats and folds can transform a simple design into something extraordinary. In this lesson, you are going to trace a T-shirt pattern block and learn how to add these design details to it to make it more interesting.

8.Behind the Seams

Now that you know how to create design details on a pattern, you need to master constructing them in the garment construction phase. This lesson will focus on the construction of pleats and different types of closures.

1.Style with Substance

I am sure you are eager to find out what silhouette looks best on your body type? In this lesson, we will take a closer look at what fashion styling is and how to style different body types. What a fun way to start module 3, don't you agree?

2.The Future of Textiles

What is the future of fabrics? This lesson is all about textiles, how it is effecting the earth, and fabric alternatives that will undoubtedly change the way we design, forever.

3.Getting Crafty

Are you curious about the possibility of designing contemporary textiles and surfaces? If yes, this is the lesson for you! In this lesson we will explore different types of textile surface design techniques to get your creative juices flowing.

4.Creating a collection

Do you dream about creating your own fashion collection? In this lesson we will look at all the steps you need to complete to make your dreams come to life!

5.Figuring it out digitally

Do you ever wonder how some designers create fashion illustrations digitally? Before we become amazing digital designers, we first need to get back to basics. In this lesson you will learn how to use the pen tool, draw shapes, and create your first digital technical drawing.

6.The digital designer

This lesson builds on the basics and is all about figuring out how to take your fashion drawings and illustrations to the next level. In this lesson you will learn how to render your drawings to make them come to life.

7.Designer's block

Grab your ruler and a pencil, because it is time to draft your basic pattern blocks. A good basic block is a gift that keeps on giving. For this lesson we will focus on drafting the perfect bodice, sleeve, and skirt block ready for you to transform into something fresh and eye-catching.

8.Build a Portfolio

Do you know the saying less is more? When creating a portfolio, it is important to focus on quality over quantity. In this lesson we will pay special attention to what a portfolio is and the significant role it plays in your career as a fashion designer.

1.Modification station

Magic happens when you take your basic pattern blocks and manipulate them to bring your vision to life. In this lesson we will explore different pattern making techniques to turn something ordinary into something extraordinary.

2.From drape to dress

Draping is an art, but turning your dress that you have draped into a pattern is a skill. In this lesson we will explore how to transfer your draped pattern onto paper for you to use again and again.

3.The art of construction

This lesson focuses on combining all the garment construction techniques learnt to create a complete garment.

4.The business of fashion

To be able to build your own brand, you need to understand how the fashion industry operates. Lesson 4 will focus on exactly that.

5.The future of fashion

The fashion design industry is ever-evolving. Now that you understand how the fashion industry operates, we need to explore the future of fashion to make sure you keep up with the trends and build a brand that is sustainable and relevant.

6.Marketing and Merchandising

To be a successful designer, you need to be able to sell your clothes. In this lesson we will focus on how to market yourself and your brand with a focus on online channels and social media.

7.Finding your Niche

In order to stand out you need to find your voice as a fashion designer. This lesson is all about finding your niche by doing some market research and really getting to know your target market.

8.Build a brand

Do you want to build a brand? If yes, this is the lesson for you. To end your journey with Shaw Academy on a high note, we will explore how to create a business by writing a business plan which will be the foundation of your future.