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Fashion Design: Start to Finish

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Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin

Jay Calderin

Fashion Design: Start to Finish

Jay Calderin

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1. Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin


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2 Why Create a Moodboard? Duration:12:03
3 Student Mood Boards Duration:24:59
7 Why Narrow Your Focus? Duration:19:48
8 Find a Fashion Specialty Duration:11:18
9 Craft a Collection Duration:31:37
10 Learn to Edit Duration:12:32
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2 Explore Your Audience Duration:33:41
3 Display, Data and Design Duration:04:28
4 Share Your Work Duration:05:44
5 Find Your Following Duration:09:45
6 Inform Your Brand Duration:14:51
7 Build Your Business Model Duration:14:34
8 Why Tell Your Fashion Story? Duration:28:25
9 Establish Relationships Duration:17:27
10 Be Ready for Change Duration:25:12

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Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin

Hello and welcome to creative live my name is ken klosterman and I am your host for fashion design start to finish with jay cauldron now j cauldron is the founder and executive director of boston fashion week which he started over twenty years ago they just celebrated their twentieth anniversary which is really, really exciting j is a designer and author and he is also the an instructor and the director of creative marketing at the fashion school school fashion design in boston in between doing things like authoring a multiple books jay is also a mentor he is a speaker a promotional public speaker and he is here very much excited to teach all of you about fashion design again from start to finish so j I think when people hear the term fashion design the fashion industry people generally think oh project runway that that must be exactly what it's all about right what that's not what it's all about jay what are some of the biggest misconceptions that you have seen your students and peopl...

e in the industry have over the years about what fashion design is truly all about? Well, I think with reality shows and things like that and and even when when we see runway shows online or see magazine spreads we think about the finish line we think about that rush at the end that final bow or the beautiful images and I think for people who are really thinking about a career in fashion, the process is really the key, you know, that pathway to getting to that finish line is so rich with what experiences and this whole creative process that it's really fulfilling so I think that so that's why I wanted to do this because I think it's more about why to than how to because you could get the how to but the y two is very important, I think that's really exciting what I'm so thrilled about what this class is that there are so many nuts and bolts as well, is that like why into what this industry all the different pieces of the industry have been looking through some of the bonus materials that you're providing us part of this class and just the breadth and depth of all of the possibilities of what one could do in this industry is a little bit overwhelming and so what I am excited about is that you're going to break that down and so people there's something for everybody people can really see what they might be drawn to most right when they when they see the big picture, it often helps some kind of because a lot of people think fashion design is only about that designer but there's so much more to and when you see the big picture you can kind of figure out where you feel comfortable where you're drawn to find all right, well, I think we're ready to get started, so j, take it away. Thank you for being here on creative life. So, um, fashion is a lot of things. Fashion is thie art. Fashion is the craft. Fashion is the theatre, but fashion is also the business, and a lot of times in situations in the business of fashion, designers are expected to kind of have inspiration at the drop of the hat, and that starting point is probably one of the hardest things to deal with. So so we're starting in this class with fashion design, inspiration and the three main areas we're going to cover in this class are going to be creating mood boards to develop and contain your concepts, and we're going to have a lot of fun with with that process, focusing your attention, one garment at a time and one collection at a time and finally editing a collection to eliminate the one essential.

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.



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.