Introduction to Fashion Design

(Foundation part-time)

Elizabeth Galloway’s Introduction to Fashion Design Course has a twofold purpose.

Firstly, it may act as an introduction to the three-year full-time diploma in Fashion Design. This programme enables candidates to start exploring the techniques of fashion design by developing skills beyond the basic level to the level required for acceptance on to the full time programme.

Secondly, after successfully completing the Introduction to Fashion Design course candidates who want to become economically empowered and self-sufficient will have developed the skills to assist them in their endeavours.

This programme aims to:

  • Provide a practical introduction to the skills and knowledge needed to begin the design process.
  • Cover practical skills and knowledge needed to make finished fashion wear items.
  • Expose the candidate to a range of materials, mediums and methods of recording design processes.
  • Develop an understanding of the visual implications of the design process.

This programme outcomes are:

  • Apply basic design ideas to the making of fashion wear items.
  • Plan, prepare and manage the making of fashion wear items to a design brief.
  • Operate tools and equipment applicable to fashion wear carefully, safely and effectively.
  • Make a well-constructed fashion wear item to a design brief.
  • Appreciate the contextual influences relating to the fashion wear.

Introduction to Fashion Design is presented on Saturdays.

  • Runs over 38 weeks from March to November.
  • Classes take place from 9am – 4pm Saturday.
  • Introduction to Fashion Design Summary

    Fashion Design:
    A series of projects designed to guide and demonstrate the planning and creative process required to develop storyboards for projects focused on:

    1. Design for different target markets
    2. Design complete fashion looks
    3. Concept and inspiration presentations
    4. Analysis of a variety of figure types and determine garment styles to enhance them.
    5. Producing a range of drawings; rough drawings to initial ideas and fashion sketches.
    6. Use of line, proportion, balance, colour and texture to determine and enhance various styles

    Drawing and Illustration

    A series of projects that cover:

    1. Exploring primary colour to produce secondary colours, add black and white to produce tints, tones and shades.
    2. Exploring the qualities of line and mark-making
    3. Demonstrating the relationship between shape and form
    4. Creating a range of surface textures using a range of media
    5. Drawing basic figure shapes exploring proportion
    6. Exploring a variety of techniques and mediums to produce sketches and drawings

    Technical Drawing

    A series of projects focused on:

    1. Producing clear technical drawings of design ideas.
    2. Producing working drawings to show in flat form; all detaills, seaming, style lines.
    3. Costing work involved

    Research for Practice

    A series of projects focused on:

    1. Analysis of external influences on fashion - media, personalities, history, culture and subcultures.
    2. Investigation of the work of fashion forecasters.

    Pattern Making

    A series of projects covering the skills needed to:

    1. Measure and record body sizes accurately
    2. Select pattern styles to compliment a variety of figure shapes
    3. Adjust patterns as necessary
    4. Prepare fabrics for cutting and stitching and make accurate lay plans

    Garment Construction

    A series of projects covering the skills needed to construct samples and final garments to an exemplary standard for a range of garment types such as:

    1. Waistcoats
    2. Skirts
    3. Tops
    4. Dresses
    5. A sample file covering seams, zips, buttons and buttonholes, hems, pockets, facings, collars, darts, gathers, cuffs and waistbands.

    Textile Studies

    A series of projects covering the skills needed in the Textiles Industry such as:

    1. Determining the cost efficiency and cost implications on the use of various fabrics
    2. Recognising the characteristic of a range of fibres - natural and man-made