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Y3 lifedrawing class

Year 3 students recently attended a lifedrawing class with drawing tutor Connie Lim. This particular class focused spesifically on scale using charcoal to create more interesting compositions. Following on for this, students were encouraged to experiment with drawing using the charcoal illustrations as a base by adding collage, paint, and other mediums on top of the drawings.

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Winter embellishment workshop

First Year students rounded off their first term with a winter embellishment workshop. Students were introduced to a variety of embroidery, beading and applique techniques and asked to produce a ‘Christmas Jumper’. Although this was a festive fun day, the techniques shown and practised can be used throughout their course. Students are currently undertaking a live project with Warehouse and these ideas may be carried through into this.

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Styling Workshop with Frank Akinsete

First year students have been invited to design a spring/summer 2017 collection for the recently rebranded Warehouse. Students have been given a seasonal ‘Catwalk Summary’ and must now put their own spin on future trends. Students have been introduced to the different types of customers Warehouse are targeting and must now decide on their own customer profile.

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Tools of the Trade – workshop

First year Fashion Design students are just about to complete their first design project; Tools of the Trade. Part of the project was to start translating 2D into 3D and record this in their new workbooks created on InDesign – a 10-week journey of the Introduction into Pattern and Production with the culmination of 3 final toiles.

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First year Introduction

Monday 21st September was the briefing to all Fashion Design students. Let the research begin!

First year students were given an impromptu homework task during the induction week – to make, customise or recycle a garment over the weekend to bring to their briefing. Here is a selection of the garments produced: a rag knitted waistcoat by Jeanette Carlton-Carew, fluro dungarees by Brody Randall, customised denim by Adeloa Elugbadebo-Solomons, lined jacket by Michaela Punnet and customised printed asymmetric shirt by Faye Cochran.

The first design project began with a Fashion Trail in Spitalfields, Brick Lane and Cheshire Street in London. During the trip, students sourced vintage garments that act as a starting point for their first design projects.

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The British Fashion Council pattern seminar

The British Fashion Council organise an annual pattern seminar featuring inspirational cutters demonstrating their techniques. We decided this would be a great event for the budding pattern enthusiasts on the Fashion Design Course to attend so we invited written applications from any interested students. The lucky three to be chosen were Lauren Ward, Olivia Sketcher and Sophia Idreos who were accompanied by Kirstie Fannagan our new Junior Pattern Technician who graduated from the course in June. They all had a thoroughly stimulating and enjoying day and here is some feedback from them.

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Ready Steady Cut workshop

Fashion Design year 2 students recently began the design element for their Thinking It, Cutting It project, by completing a 2-day group workshop entitled Ready Steady Cut.

At the initial project briefing everyone was given a Designer label renowned for using experimental and unexpected approaches to design. Over the 2 days, the students worked in small groups united by their appreciation and understanding of the designer and faced the challenge of recreating an outfit from a selected image as a professionally finished toile.

At the end of the 2nd day, everyone took part in the voting to decide which group had best captured their given designer’s aesthetic. Whilst the results were amazing from all groups, sadly though there could only be one winner. Congratulations & well done to the Maison Martin Margiela Group … Georgia, Charlotte, Ilona, Alex & Natalie.

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Knitting and the Foo Fighters by Kira Matthews

So knitting. Cool right? Said by no one ever under the age of 22.

When I think about knitting – something that I must admit, I don’t do very often – I imagine an unfortunate group of sagging single 50 year olds gabbing about cats, limescale and what happened last night on Coronation Street. Not really an image that many of us can relate to, or at least I hope not.

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Tailoring Bingo

This week the 2nd year Fashion Design students played ‘Tailoring Bingo’ to test all their new tailoring skills (& try and win the tub of Chocs). 4 weeks into their tailoring project ‘Cut to Suit’ they have barely had time to draw breath.The aim of the game was to team up and cut 2 tailored jacket patterns with pitched sleeves and draped collars in 2 hours. The energy was electric – pattern paper, tape, students and scissors all blurring until suddenly BINGO was shouted by the winning team!

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Year 1 networking project

For their current project, Fashion Design students were asked to visit Brick Lane, Spitalfields and Portobello Market and buy a vintage garment that inspired them to develop a collection. Students chose an array of different styles and different decades and began by creating a concept wall to develop their ideas.

Fashion Promotion students are working on ‘Style: Past, Present & Future’ project that entails working in teams to research and shoot 4 fashion editorial images for a selection of fashion designers and brands.

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Ready Steady Cut

As part of their Thinking It, Cutting It unit, the second year students completed a two day workshop titled Ready Steady Cut. As part of this, students worked in small groups united by their appreciation and understanding of the designer they were given at the briefing. Each group was be allocated an image demonstrating their designer’s creativity and the task was to

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Tools of the Trade – workshop

First year students were introduced to their first design project; Tools of the Trade. The project is centred around shirts and for their first workshop they were asked to portray a word with shirts. Students were put into groups and then given a word and were invited to consider new ways to document their word. Shirts could be folded, tucked, pinned, restyled, layered or even worn to represent their given word. A selection of the words given: prim, ostentatious, asymmetrical, voluminous, quirky, undone.

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