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Fashion Design: Start to Finish

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Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime

Jay Calderin

Fashion Design: Start to Finish

Jay Calderin

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46. Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime


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Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime

And finally dealing with downtime we have this is like giving birth I can't speak to it, you know? But it feels like that it feels like it would be that our dress and it takes almost that long actually it's actually a good nine month period that you should be planning that far ahead when you're doing these kind of things from start to finish so there's the high you have to deal with you want to ask yourself how do you deal with that high? You know, I mean because there is a rush where you feel really successful and it went really well and you're excited and you're pumped up but sooner rather than later there's that crash and not to put it down or on it but it's just very, very true and sometimes that crashes very, very subtle you just feel like what do I do now? So I want you just teo like be aware of that and then basically say to yourself, what do you do with that? You know, is it do you need like serious downtime a vacation? Because sometimes I have done that where have scheduled ti...

me off just for myself on dh then other times it's all about the next one and in the industry if you're working in a large scale, it is automatically the next one even if you're exhausted but but know that there's this little you know, this is a little feeling of I'm not sure what to do without all these people around me and without one hundred things is to do an address, you know, in a couple of hours, yes. So you, um, when I my, uh what I do is very project oriented, obviously so after I'm completely finished, I'm pretty much dead, uh, but when I'm in the process of it, I'm shouldn't say this, but I almost had a manic, you know? Oh, yeah, point you get away. Yeah, and, you know, I actually have to stop myself, but then because it is project oriented, it's not really a business per se that you do day to day today, I actually haven't figured out what to do, it just kind of abates after a while that oh, it does sometimes what do you do? Sometimes you need to just let it wash over you and let yourself be like, okay, I am lost, you know? And that downtime that's, why, you know, dealing with downtime, you sometimes need to let it happen, but I think the thing about it is sometimes, if you don't know it's coming, you can be really surprised and either take, you know, get angry or sad or whatever it is. So I think the key is to know that, you know, you've invested this time and energy and it's been intense, you know, to get something like this done good, such a big production and say to yourself, what am I going to do afterwards, you know, and I might, that type of person that needs that downtime or, you know, or am I going to say, I want to jump into the next project, and that is that's just all a very personal thing. But I think just the knowledge that it's it's, that that next step, whether it's, a transition or wrapping up, is the key. So all right, so that actually kind of brings us to a close with fashion show production and there's, just a couple of things I wanted to say to kind of wrap up one of them is as intimidating as it may sound, and as huge as it might sound, you should approach this without any fear. Okay, fearless. Be fearless have fun with it and again, like everything we've talked about it it's it's okay to do it, it's okay to try it, and even if you are, it doesn't turn out the way you want it. It's going to provide you with information for, for instance, the teams you need to build on the people you need to bring in but really enjoy it. I can't say enough how much I love my industry. I've been doing it since I was fourteen years old and it's I think sometimes I do it anymore, but it's very fleeting on dh and it always draws me back because there's something I love and if you guys are invested in what you love, it's a beautiful thing, so allow yourself to be fearless, and the other thing is, for a lot of times we don't feel like we allow our way have permission to do things so I'm all saying to you and everybody at home, you all have permission to do all these steps and explore these steps so that you can test the waters and see where you fit in the scheme of things.

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.