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Fashion Design: Start to Finish

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Fashion Design: Start to Finish - Wrap Up

Jay Calderin

Fashion Design: Start to Finish

Jay Calderin

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47. Fashion Design: Start to Finish - Wrap Up


Class Trailer

Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin


Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin


Why Create a Moodboard?


Student Mood Boards


Fashion Inspiration Resources


Learn from the Masters of Fashion


Explore New Fashion Frontiers


Why Narrow Your Focus?


Find a Fashion Specialty


Craft a Collection


Learn to Edit


Making Fashion: Draw, Draft and Sew


Intro to Making Fashion: Draw, Draft and Sew


Why Start with a Sketch?


Drawing: Draw Your Muse


Drawing: Sketch a Figure and Define a Silhouette


Drawing: Render Color


Drawing: Add Texture, Patterns, and Details


Pattern Draping: Working with Muslin


Pattern Draping: Drape a Basic Form


Pattern Draping: Drape Folds


Pattern Draping: Experiment with Style Lines


Pattern Flat: Create and True a Pattern


Draping and Patterning Recap


Constructing Clothes: Put it Together


Constructing Clothes: Make it Special and Finish Well


Fashion Marketing and Branding


Intro to Fashion Marketing and Branding


Explore Your Audience


Display, Data and Design


Share Your Work


Find Your Following


Inform Your Brand


Build Your Business Model


Why Tell Your Fashion Story?


Establish Relationships


Be Ready for Change


Produce a Fashion Show


Intro to Produce a Fashion Show


The Fashion Show: Why? When? How?


Pre-Show: Develop a Fashion Show Concept


Pre-Show: Build a Team


Pre-Show: Create a Timeline and Checklist


Day of Show: Backstage Strategy


Show: Working with Front of House


Show: Scheduling Run of Show


Show: Breaking Down the Event


Post-Show: Increasing Your Audience


Post-Show: PR for Fashion Shows


Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime


Fashion Design: Start to Finish - Wrap Up


Lesson Info

Fashion Design: Start to Finish - Wrap Up

It's just been incredible. Thank you, it's been fun. It has been and many a marathon. But I know right tonight I want to say thank you to everybody there at home as well as who has been participating in our studio audience and really have represented all the people who are watching at home and the different places. Everybody is coming to this class really at different points in their careers or what they want in their lives. And I just wanted teo chit chat a little bit about some of the biggest takeaway is that I had you as we go back and review sort of what this whole class works is really this really comprehensive start to finish, right? Eso first, we started talking about fashion design and where to begin, right inspiration on guy actually wrote down this quote that you said start working before the muse shows up. Yes, that you really have to know what's even out there before you even know what to dio you and you need to be immersed in it. It's actually, based on a chuck. Close the ...

artist quote you know where you can't wait around for it and you know you need to be in the process and when you're physically doing things or paying attention something researching that's where the ideas start to spark it's almost like thinking you know you can't light a fire I mean create a fire without that little spark so I think that's why you have to be physically in the moment doing it before your word before you're worried about inspiration I think you have to allow yourself not to worry about the inspiration and start to test your ideas say ok what I want to try today and eventually things they're going to come and you've given us so many different tools of the things to start trying to try on for size and see if they are something that resonates with us you know or go and find the next thing so that was really awesome the next section we talked about making and so the drawing drafting sewing for me that my favorite part was giving over the fear of drawing and as was a huge reaction from people who are watching at home just about how you simplified and broke down the ability to draw a face but really that way of it okay if you've got what looks like a robot then that's your close because a robot is supposed to look like a human but really you could see just this transformation of going from intimidated to draw to how I can do that and even in just that one segment but that was really the whole class so I loved that on dh we started we spent a lot of time talking about marketing and branding and you of course have a lot of insights not just for yourself but what you've worked with so many students and people over the years and coaching them but the biggest thing I took away was you talked about it's important to remember that everything has been done before but it hasn't been done by you and every student that I work with has heard that quote because I say that every class at least once during of course because I just think that is the key to it all that is the permission that is really your permission to say I'm not worried that it's been done before because now I'm making the choices and I'm interpreting it and I'm having fun with it and hopefully you know it'll be something that I can share with others we get so caught up in the fear of well it's been done you know this person's done that comparing ourselves and so I just I just love that and your take on it within this industry and then of course my goodness producing a fashion show e I I learned is it's probably not for me but the the the breath and knowledge of what you have brought to us and all of the things to consider and things p I would never think of thank you for sharing all yeah, all of that and with aaron and with the fashion show it's like with everything else you may not like it if it's not for you, right? The big scale of producing a fashion show you actually will probably find some step along the way where that is your niece and you go you know what? I am really great backstage working with hair and makeup people or addressing the models or whatever it is or I'm a real people person I want to be out front greeting people s o even though it seems huge, you know their ways to participate and to really contribute to the process well that's the thing you broken down in those in all of your mere list for us the different steps that it takes and then you know, I definitely I could identify with the different things that I would want to be involved in whether that's of being the photographer or the emcee your you know what happened but your point being there is something for everyone to to get involved in on dh you just brought you know, all that the ideas of the creativity is what was really exciting for me tio here

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.

Class Materials

Bonus Materials

Mood Board Checklist

Styling and Fashion Show Gear Guide

Bonus Materials with Purchase

Body Measurements Chart

Care and Feeding of a Garment

Change Agents

Copy Rights and Copy Culture

Dissemination - FashionArt

Fashion Equations.pdf

Fashion Show Checklists

Question Charts

Specializations - The Players

Starter Questions Chart

Pattern Making Gear Guide

Sketching Gear Guide

Sewing Gear Guide

Ratings and Reviews

Student Work

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Jay is a rare gem in the world of instructors. He has the perfect balance of information, examples, and hands on visuals. He included his students in the teaching process. They were not just the audience. Even the viewers were encouraged to participate! I loved his teaching style and enthusiasm as well as the content of information he shared with us. He covered a vast amount of information and led us at a pace that was very easy to follow. It reaffirmed my love of fashion as well as designing new ideas. This class was inspiring and motivating. If you are even the slightest bit curious about Fashion Design, constructing patterns, or even drawing models, this class is for you. It was all encompassing for an overview of Fashion Design from start to finish. Jay has an easygoing manner that you will want to watch him again and again. A great resource for your library. I can't wait to see him again in the Creative Live classroom!. Good luck to Jay and all his endeavors! Thank you Creative Live for providing yet another great learning opportunity for an international audience.

Michelle B

This is day one of Jays class and I am already hooked and purchased this class. Jay is an awesome instructor. He explains everything in easy to understand terms. He explained things that I have bought books to learn and didn't in one easy lesson. I recommend this class for anyone that has a interest in Fashion design or even learning to draw models for anything you need to sketch out. I hope Creative Live will bring Jay back for more classes. Jay is a instructor also worth having in your tool box of CL classes to refer back to for learning and inspiration! Thank You Jay for sharing your knowledge with us!!


I agree with everything that michelle-b said in her review of this class, and will add that I can tell that he is an instructor who not only knows his subject matter, but has excellent teaching skills. He is very engaged with his students, and focused on making sure that they get what he is telling/showing them. He also has the rare gift of distilling a complex subject down to its essence and teaching it in a simplified form that gives the student a good overview of the basics, and somehow also gives the student insight into more of the subject’s depth than he actually says in words. This broader understanding of the subject empowers the student to proceed on a much higher level than would be possible after taking any other course overview. Even more amazing is that the lessons covered in this way could be (and are) full courses in themselves elsewhere, but were merely segments of this two-day CL class. For this reason, if I ever got a chance to take one of Jay’s classes at the School of Fashion Design, I would take it in an instant. I too bought this class by the end of Day 1. For me, the segments on sketching and drafting alone were worth the $69, and the rest is bonus.