What I'll learn
You will gain an understanding of the need for sustainability in relation to the fashion industry and explore a range of innovative, new design methods for sustainability within fashion.
We will also explore the evolution of the role of fashion designer and what future trends in fashion design may look like.
We’ll begin with a presentation on the current state of “fast fashion” and debate its positives and negatives.
Then, let’s plan out our project for the coming weeks: developing a potential, sustainable brand. We’ll explore brand impact, marketing strategy, and the logistics behind what it would take to be a truly sustainable fashion company.
Following a presentation on inspirational, eco-friendly designers who are making an impact on the environment, we’ll start practicing basic fashion design and how it could translate into a final eco-friendly fashion collection.
We’ll explore the use of “fragmented materials” in fashion upcycling. Fragmented materials are fabrics that you may have laying around that are no longer in use. Sample swatches, a lonely glove, an old scarf, etc.
Using these, you’ll learn how to update clothing into something new and unique and avoid purchasing mass-market, fast fashion. Purchasing clothes from charity shops and using simple customisation techniques can save you money and help the environment!
We’ll visit local charity shops and look for an item to update. You’ll pick a basic embroidery or stitch to practice on the old clothing and keep practicing your designs for your final, eco-friendly fashion collection.
In the final week, you’ll need to reconstruct an item of clothing to a basic standard and add some customisation or an applique. You’ll also plan an eco-friendly time capsule collection and a 500 word essay on your inspiration.
How I'll learn
Teaching methods include:
- formal instruction
- individual tuition
- practical demonstration
- practical experience
Furthermore, you will get the opportunity to develop your skills according to your own specific needs.