Menswear muse project playlist

December 19, 2014

A few people where asking about the music from last nights second year show.

Year 3 Personal Timeplan

December 18, 2014

Dear 3rd Years,

Attached is a blank timetable for your Time Management Strategy. This is a personal timeplan of the weeks leading up to internal show day, for you to complete. This will need to be handed in on your first lesson back, along with your 5 inspirational images. We have included key deadline dates within the timeplan. Make sure you keep your own copy of this, as you will be handing it in. Please print it A3, or you can collect a printed copy from the studio today or tomorrow.

Take ownership of this. Your timeplan will develop and change, but having a guide will help you to plan your day, weeks, and project and allow you to make the most of your final year.

The following is a list of points within the design process for you to take into consideration. Remember many of the processes overlap.

Anyone doing textiles within their collections will need to take this into account, and allow significant time for your textiles to be produced, and then made into garments. Deadlines for this will follow.

Key points of projects:


Initial concepts



Refined research


Developed research & clear concept – 1st draft Written Proposal statement

Refined fabric – FABRIC FIRST


Continuation of toiling/draping/cutting research

Referencing research

Sampling finishes

Sampling with fabrics

Consideration of range

Design development

Refining designs – Initial Line up

Purchase fabrics/ensure availability


Purchase fabrics & trimmings

Initial Line up evolving

Final Lineup

Final samples of finishes and fabrics

Facing and linings

Final toiles & final fitting




It’s a lot to think of, but breaking it down should help you to organise your time more effectively.

Have a great break, see you all in the new year!



Personal Timeplan final

Y1 – Meeting on Weds

December 15, 2014

Don’t forget all you Barcelona people need to bring a photocopy of your passport with you on Wednesday at 1pm.

ALSO – You can use the same link as before to pay the remaining £45.


Year 3 Cary’s sessions this week

December 15, 2014

Dear all

Cary’s sessions will start at 12pm each day this week please see him after your assessment – make sure that you bring all work you wish to discuss with him.  This is a great opportunity to move your portfolio on – you all asked for extra portfolio and illustration session  MAKE SURE YOU USE THEM!!!




December 12, 2014

2014 invite


December 12, 2014





Produce an in-depth body of research exploring a theme or concept of your choosing, evidencing primary and secondary research sources, as well as fabrics and relevant sampling.

You might want to decide on a season or develop a more concept-led collection.

Remember that fabrics are a research issue as well as a design one. Explore finishes, construction and gather buttons, zips and other details. Anything you have to ‘find’ or investigate is research.

Think about how you compile your research as this will be the body of work that you will most likely be taking out into the Industry. So think about the presentation and compilation of your work.



Research, investigate, sample, and make your own, a technique or usage of a material. This will give your collection a specialism, an individual identity, and will set you apart from your competiton. It could be the use of macramé, bonding different fabrics together, an embellishment, an interesting technique for construction, etc. Any prints, embroideries or embellishments should be investigated, sampled and developed at the research stage so that they have time to develop and be realised.




Start collecting fabrics immediately, hunt around and think about contacting companies directly for specialised fabrics, but do this now as time is of the essence. Fabrics will make or break your collection. Consider the fabrics you’ve chosen and how those fabrics can be used or can’t be used, to see how they match to the aims and objectives for your garments and collection. Be experimental in terms of quality, texture, colour, pattern, and weight of your fabric choices.



Think about the finish of each garment; the use of facings, bindings, linings, raw edges, hand stitching, top stitching, fastenings, finding the perfect buttons, the perfect zips.


Start to make samples (innovative or interesting finishings, fastenings, vents, etc.) in the real fabrics as these will look better in your research books and/or portfolios. Thorough sampling before you make the clothes in real fabrics ensures that there are no nasty suprises, no mistakes or poor choices.

Think about the construction of your garments; where do the seams and darts go. Be innovative- you don’t want you clothes to look like garment pattern blocks.




Think about what you are best at and think about garment types and interesting/unusual combinations. If relevant, think about the season you are designing for.

Start designing. Decide on a silhouette, make sketches, collages. It is often a good idea to start working ideas out on the stand 3-Dimensionally to find out how they work and look in reality. It need not be the whole garment, but could just be an idea for a sleeve head. Take photographs of your successes to back up the flat design work.

Design work on paper could make references to research images, stand work, samples etc. Think about back views and use colour in your design work. You might start out designing garments on their own, but you also need to design outfits and these should be done on a proportional figure of your own drawing or on a template.

Ideas should be developed and refined, ultimately developing a line up of 10 outfits, 6 of which will form your collection. A collections should display a coherent use of fabrics, colour, silhouette and details in order for the outfits to work cohesively.



Think about what your collection is about, your vision, the fabrics, the attitude and who it is aimed at. This should be attention grabbing as well as informative and will be included at the beginning of your portfolio work.



You will make three of your six outfits for the internal show. You should consider your silhouette, creative use of pattern cutting, innovative construction as well as individual techniques. Toiling and sampling is extreemely important (please sample in suitable fabrics, these should be pale in order to mark and annotate fit and changes). You should resolve all elements of each garment in toile form before cutting in final fabrics – remember your final toile should be able to by dyed and worn.

A panel of industry experts will decide which students will go forward producing another three outfits to show at the public fashion show.

If you are not selected to do the public catwalk show you will be required to do an extra portfolio project.



Research Book

Design Work (50 outfits minimum)

3-6 outfits (dependant on if you are selected at the internal show to make outfits 4-6)

A Portfolio of work including-

  • A line up of 10 outfits
  • Illustrations of your final 6 outfits
  • Spec/technical drawings for the 6 outfits (fronts and backs)
  • Fabric pages
  • Moodboards
  • Edited research pages
  • Edited design pages
  • Photographs and samples to illustrate the porcess of your work




Proposal Draft: Written Statement – Week 16, 9-13th February


Research, Design and Final Proposal – Week 17, 16-20th February


Fit 1 – Week 19, 2-6th March


Fit 2 – Week 20, 9-13th March


Fit 3 – Week 21, 16-20th March


Line Up – Week 22, 23-27th March


Easter Break – 30th March – 11th April


Shell Fit – Week 23 – 13-17th April


Internal Show – Week 24, 23rd April

year 3 – 5 Images brief

December 12, 2014




Over the Xmas/Yuletide break you will be working on your new design portfolios, ready to submit the first week of the spring term (week beginning 12th January 2015).

In addition to this, for your first tutorial, we would like you to gather 5 INSPIRING fashion images that mean something to you- what made you want to study fashion? What was the last EXCITING fashion reference you saw? What inspires you? What garment/s do you wish you had designed?

Images can come from books and magazines. They can be images from photo shoots or directly from the catwalk. Make sure that you know the designer and, if relevant, stylist. They could be references to a ‘Rock Star or Icon’ but think about this carefully, do they reject stylists? What makes their style Unique and instantly identifiable?

The images should be printed out. Make sure the quality is good enough to present.

We want you to write 5 sentences describing each of your 5 personal iconic fashion images (25 in total), analyzing and articulating what they mean to you. This is an opportunity to reconnect with why you want to study fashion.

Hope you have an enjoyable break, see you in January.

Year 3 Portfolio brief

December 12, 2014

NEW Design Portfolios

Definition of Portfolio;

1            A large, thin, flat case for loose sheets of paper such as drawings or maps

1.1            A set of pieces of creative work intended to demonstrate a person’s ability to a potential employer

2.1             A range of products or services offered by an organization

Keywords: Process; Communication; Edited; Stylish; Creative; Considered; Designed; Contemporary; Research; Design; Composition

  • A3 white cartridge paper, landscape
  • 20 pages MINIMUM in colour, printed onto the page or collaged/drawn directly (or a mix of both)
  • Bound together professionally

The New Design Portfolio should include-

  • A cover with the title of the project and student name
  • Edited pages of your research conveying key themes and references
  • Design work- initial ideas and developments
  • Edited samples, fabrics and details. Should be in the real material if the quality is good enough. Photographs of samples can also be included
  • Edited photographs/image of any work that took place on the stand (draping) this could be Photographs of toiles/fittings/final garments
  • A line up of 8-10 outfits
  • Final fabric selections and Final mood boards
  • Final illustrations (6)
  • Technical drawings

This new form of the design portfolio has been devised as a refined and improved way of presenting all stages of project work (the process) in a more formal –and importantly, edited- manner. The New Design Portfolio should showcase of a range of your abilities and will be mainly made up from work you have already done during the project.

The pages can be developed from digital files of your work, allowing for them to be reviewed and (easily) changed, developed and manipulated. Real fabrics and samples should be incorporated where applicable.


December 12, 2014

Hi All,

Remember you have your hand in next week! Please read the below again carefully and be on time and punctual at all times next week. NOTE: regarding handing in patterns – Hand in one pattern in an envelope with spec on for a garment that you have already completed. I understand some of you are still making so will need most of them.


Final Flat Work Submission Hand in

For your final hand in you will be required to submit:

¹ Portfolio

  • Research
  • Design development
  • Illustrations and technical drawings + fabrics of 6 looks from you chosen line up

² Sampling

  • 3d Sampling
  • 1 pattern in envelope and spec
  • Half tailored jacket

³ Initial Research for Design Selection

  • Your work for Design Selection (if incomplete we will be looking for this work/improvement)

NOTE: You will hand in the above on your specified hand in day, make sure everything has your name on it and is securely together. Your garments will be marked during your presentation


Monday 15th Dec

HAND IN FLAT WORK Group C & D  9am Room G201

Afternoon Open access

Tuesday 16th Dec 

HAND IN FLAT WORK Groups A & B  9am Room G201

Afternoon Open access

Wednesday 17th Dec

Open Access

Thursday 18th Dec

SHOW DAY – judged by James Long

  • CONTEXTUAL STUDIES LECTURE 10am / 11am ALL TO ATTEND. You have been granted leave from your seminar session is you so wish, however the CS team will be having drop in sessions for those who wish to discuss their assignments. If you do not attend this lecture, you will not show your work at the presentation!
  • Open access 11am – 3pm
  • Power off and Hand in of garments ALL GROUPS onto rails by 3pm
  • Models to arrive by 4.30pm
  • Models dressed by 5.30 pm
  •  Event starts at 6pm – ends around 9pm

Friday 19th Dec

Collection of work and feedback

  • Group A             3pm
  • Group B             3.30 pm
  • Group C             4 pm
  • Group D             4.30pm


December 12, 2014

Dear Year 2,

Please find below your brief for your internship blog. Please read this carefully and come find me next week if you have any questions. If you are having trouble in finding an internship or have any questions about your CV or interviews please talk to me after your hand in next week!

FSH2300 Work placement Brief

You will be required to get your studio manager / designer to fill out some health an safety forms. They are being renewed and will be available as soon as possible. These will need to be completed and returned to college.

ALSO you need to be back in college for FRIDAY 28TH FEBRUARY for your briefing for module FSH2200. Everyone is to attend. First lessons will start on 2nd March.

Please watch this space for more information. Your timetable for the next module will be up on Monday.



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