Fashion Design: Start to Finish

Lesson 46/47 - Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime


Fashion Design: Start to Finish


Lesson Info

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.


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