Fashion Design: Start to Finish


Fashion Design: Start to Finish


Lesson Info

Intro to Produce a Fashion Show

Fashion show seem like so much glory, but I know that there is so much work the nuts and bolts that go into that, what do you tell people when they first come up and say, I want to do a fashion show? Uh, have you really thought about it? I thought it through. I think that is at the heart of everything I've been really lucky because over the past twenty years of fashion week fashion shows have been a part of every day of every year for the past twenty years at all different stages, and I think people just focus on that sort of excitement and the glamour around it, and I think there's there's so much more than they need to consider before they take a fashion show on and, you know, I hate to make it sort of as an ominous thing like, oh, you're not going to want to do it after this. I think the process is actually really exciting and just as creative as all the things we've talked about. So for me, it's kind of a little bit of a reality check, but also hopefully that reality check is inspi...


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