Explore New Fashion Frontiers


Fashion Design: Start to Finish


Lesson Info

Explore New Fashion Frontiers

The final step of this is, as I mentioned earlier, going outside of fashion and here we have five different areas science um I think exploring the physical and emotional connections of fashion and we'll show you a couple examples of that technology integrating function and form that's one of the things that's actually kind of transforming fashion right now where they're trying to integrate the technology so that it becomes seamless, you know? And it doesn't become sort of this ad on or this clunky, geeky thing it just even though I love the kinky things too, but incorporating it into your into your fashion so that it becomes just an extension of it, the arts playing with different creative disciplines because you could get inspiration from fine art from sculpture from dance from theatre there's its endless, obviously resource culture looking at the origins of tradition sort of ethnicities as well and an education. I added this because so many of the things that we macy in different per...

iods like we went through our dying out the techniques for making them and I think that schools are a great place to kind of keep that alive. So I had to throw that in there because we forget about that that, you know, we may want to create these beautiful things, but if we don't know how, then we're not able to so just a couple of examples this is a great dress by phillips which actually responds to your emotions which is just really cool and here even though it's doing this in a very dramatic theatrical way this khun b sort of woven into a design where it's a little bit you know more wearable and then uh fabrics performance fabrics are really important you know the thing the fabrics that can actually do more than just cover you you know they can week away or week away sweat or be water repellent and this was just for fun these air sort of texting while the one on the left is just for fun because I thought it was a cool image but but the one on the right is actually a fabric that with a tiny little battery pack kind of will light up it's almost like fiber optics and then a designer who's using actual artwork as an inspiration beautiful there each one is a painting in of itself and then here we have um two very sort of culturally driven images and we want to figure out how do we do this how do we adopt things from cultures without appropriating them inappropriately so we want to ask ourselves we don't wantto sort of fetishize ah culture but we want to ask ourselves what are things that we could do to celebrate aspects of it and where the boundaries are way simply working on uh uh on a research on a native american fashion design and we all know that there are a lot of issues when it comes to appropriation and we want to figure out those things we would need to have an open dialogue and talk about those things and obviously here we have so japanese on dh latin and here we have actually a designer africa combined from from boston actually she was one of our lunch designers for boston fashion week and one of the keys to her collection was the cloth the textile from africa that she used and it was very specific to her region and yet it wasn't the traditional clothing you might associate with sort of a tradition I mean with the historical culture but she incorporated a really modern flair for it and then finally one of our teachers at the school of fashion you know, the importance again of going teo ah lot of times we have people come in for a specific course to kind of learn a skill and that can transform a collection and give you a whole menu of things that you didn't expect to influence your work. All right? So jay um as we as we kind of round out this first set lesson of the class can you talk to us a little bit about what's so interesting and so exciting to go back through the history? Can you tell us again how history of fashion can help us with our mood boards today which is what we started off the lesson with and and again sources of inspiration kind of wrap that back up and then if you guys have any questions a cz well we have a few minutes for that too well I think I mean I I chose to kind of focus on the historical aspect of it because it is our history you know, for the work that we want to do so I think that's a really important important place to start but as we talked about in the beginning you know there's so many influences so many places to go but I just think that history we have to give credit to what designers throughout history have interpreted you know for us you know they've already gone through these reasons for dressing the body in a certain way and the truth of the matter is that you know when it comes to clothing there were dressing the same unit you know two arms two legs and a torso so it's the same challenge but history has just this wealth of how that was approached so you had a question about trend boards could you talk a little bit about what is there a difference between a mood board and a trend board and then the question is I often seem to have a problem creating a trend board what would be the ideal solution and I know you have a feeling about the word trends and as well, I think from a business standpoint, trends are really important. I think in fashion you want to figure out what that means to you. I mean, from a fashion creative process from business that point, when you come up with a trend board, you're trying to figure out what's influencing fashion for the next season. So good example is, several years ago, madonna was performed in the movie version of evita, and that was a look that was not associated with her. But she was a very popular icon in popular culture, and all of a sudden that whole sort of fifties floral, feminine look started to really create trends and trend. Forecasters will do that they'll come up with the board, and that reflects, you know, what's happening. So next season, this movie's coming out. This book is coming out so that it can kind of predict what's, goingto come together.

Class Description

Interested in the world of fashion? Even if you're not an aspiring fashion designer, you’ll enjoy this class. Jay Calderin is the Director of Creative Marketing and an instructor at the School of Fashion Design. He is the author of three top-selling books on Fashion Design, and the founder and executive director of Boston Fashion Week. 

In Fashion Design: Start to Finish, Jay Calderin will get you started through hands-on demonstrations and step-by-step guidelines. 
Learn to navigate through the design process, from conceiving a garment to marketing it.

The various phases of fashion design will be covered, including:
  • research and mood boards, collections and trends
  • sketching, draping, pattern making, construction 
  • branding, marketing, and industry positioning
Fashion doesn’t have to be intimidating. This class is a beginners guide to the world of fashion design, led by an industry professional.


1Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin 2Why Create a Moodboard? 3Student Mood Boards 4Fashion Inspiration Resources 5Learn from the Masters of Fashion 6Explore New Fashion Frontiers 7Why Narrow Your Focus? 8Find a Fashion Specialty 9Craft a Collection 10Learn to Edit 1Intro to Making Fashion: Draw, Draft and Sew 2Why Start with a Sketch? 3Drawing: Draw Your Muse 4Drawing: Sketch a Figure and Define a Silhouette 5Drawing: Render Color 6Drawing: Add Texture, Patterns, and Details 7Pattern Draping: Working with Muslin 8Pattern Draping: Drape a Basic Form 9Pattern Draping: Drape Folds 10Pattern Draping: Experiment with Style Lines 11Pattern Flat: Create and True a Pattern 12Draping and Patterning Recap 13Constructing Clothes: Put it Together 14Constructing Clothes: Make it Special and Finish Well 1Intro to Fashion Marketing and Branding 2Explore Your Audience 3Display, Data and Design 4Share Your Work 5Find Your Following 6Inform Your Brand 7Build Your Business Model 8Why Tell Your Fashion Story? 9Establish Relationships 10Be Ready for Change 1Intro to Produce a Fashion Show 2The Fashion Show: Why? When? How? 3Pre-Show: Develop a Fashion Show Concept 4Pre-Show: Build a Team 5Pre-Show: Create a Timeline and Checklist 6Day of Show: Backstage Strategy 7Show: Working with Front of House 8Show: Scheduling Run of Show 9Show: Breaking Down the Event 10Post-Show: Increasing Your Audience 11Post-Show: PR for Fashion Shows 12Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime 13Fashion Design: Start to Finish - Wrap Up