Summer Course in Fashion Design, Process, and Practice
New York, New York
Parsons The New School for Design
For the first two weeks of the course at Parsons, I was introduced to the fundamentals of the fashion design process. There was definitely much more to the design process than I could have ever imagined. We studied various designers and took various field trips to related exhibits and museums. We even took a trip to Mood Fabrics (the famous fabric store featured in Project Runway) and it was just fabrics galore. The whole street was entirely lined with fabric stores and I snagged a very soft faux fur fabric that I hope to make a fur vest out of. My favorite trip was to the Charles James: Beyond Fashion Exhibit show in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This exhibit showcased some of Charles James' finest evening gown creations, along with animation and x rays that revealed the process of the intricate creation of each piece. If you are in New York, I HIGHLY recommend you go see this -even the old men were fascinated by this exhibit so it truly is for anyone to enjoy.
Central Saint Martins
For the second half of the course, I ventured over to London to attend class at the alma mater of Alexander McQueen. CSM just finished renovating their campus with a building that boasted lots of large windows and modern interior design. The environment was very artsy filled with artsy people =aka total art school status. Their library also boasted endless shelves of vintage fashion magazines and other design related books. For once, research meant poring over Vogue and studying meant reading fashion encyclopedias! This was the first time ever in my life where I actually looked forward to going to the library (I never stepped foot into my college library freshmen year).
The CSM course introduced us to the basics of pattern cutting and we were given the opportunity to make our own design. Let me just say that their professional sewing machines made my Jo Ann's-bought Singer sewing machine look like shit. I don't think I can go back to my crappy Singer after having touched one of theirs...
This summer course was both so educational and enjoyable. I learned so much about the fashion industry within the four weeks and got to interact with foreign students all with very different backgrounds. I recommend this course to anyone who has any interest in the fashion industry. Taking this course only further fueled my desire to pursue my dreams as a fashion designer.