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Fashion Design: Start to Finish

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  •   01 Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin

    04:10
  •   02 Why Create a Moodboard?

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About The Class

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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.

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Lesson Plan

  1. 01

    Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin

    04:10
  2. 02

    Why Create a Moodboard?

    12:03
  3. 03

    Student Mood Boards

    24:59
  4. 04

    Fashion Inspiration Resources

    09:54
  5. 05

    Learn from the Masters of Fashion

    23:32
  6. 06

    Explore New Fashion Frontiers

    06:52
  7. 07

    Why Narrow Your Focus?

    19:48
  8. 08

    Find a Fashion Specialty

    11:18
  9. 09

    Craft a Collection

    31:37
  10. 10

    Learn to Edit

    12:32
  11. 11

    Intro to Making Fashion: Draw, Draft and Sew

    04:07
  12. 12

    Why Start with a Sketch?

    07:11
  13. 13

    Drawing: Draw Your Muse

    35:41
  14. 14

    Drawing: Sketch a Figure and Define a Silhouette

    19:07
  15. 15

    Drawing: Render Color

    10:56
  16. 16

    Drawing: Add Texture, Patterns, and Details

    12:58
  17. 17

    Pattern Draping: Working with Muslin

    06:14
  18. 18

    Pattern Draping: Drape a Basic Form

    25:44
  19. 19

    Pattern Draping: Drape Folds

    05:43
  20. 20

    Pattern Draping: Experiment with Style Lines

    06:21
  21. 21

    Pattern Flat: Create and True a Pattern

    09:31
  22. 22

    Draping and Patterning Recap

    05:55
  23. 23

    Constructing Clothes: Put it Together

    09:51
  24. 24

    Constructing Clothes: Make it Special and Finish Well

    07:22
  25. 25

    Intro to Fashion Marketing and Branding

    04:55
  26. 26

    Explore Your Audience

    33:41
  27. 27

    Display, Data and Design

    04:28
  28. 28

    Share Your Work

    05:44
  29. 29

    Find Your Following

    09:45
  30. 30

    Inform Your Brand

    14:51
  31. 31

    Build Your Business Model

    14:34
  32. 32

    Why Tell Your Fashion Story?

    28:25
  33. 33

    Establish Relationships

    17:27
  34. 34

    Be Ready for Change

    25:12
  35. 35

    Intro to Produce a Fashion Show

    01:12
  36. 36

    The Fashion Show: Why? When? How?

    06:13
  37. 37

    Pre-Show: Develop a Fashion Show Concept

    23:46
  38. 38

    Pre-Show: Build a Team

    22:09
  39. 39

    Pre-Show: Create a Timeline and Checklist

    22:45
  40. 40

    Day of Show: Backstage Strategy

    14:06
  41. 41

    Show: Working with Front of House

    18:43
  42. 42

    Show: Scheduling Run of Show

    17:12
  43. 43

    Show: Breaking Down the Event

    19:30
  44. 44

    Post-Show: Increasing Your Audience

    10:06
  45. 45

    Post-Show: PR for Fashion Shows

    04:16
  46. 46

    Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime

    04:54
  47. 47

    Fashion Design: Start to Finish - Wrap Up

    05:30

Meet Your Expert

Jay Calderin

The Boston Globe refers to Jay Calderin as a budding designer's best friend. He is the author of The Fashion Design Reference and Specification Book formerly Form, Fit, Fashion, which the LA Times called, a new fashion bible for designers, aspirers and the just plain curious, this tome contains all the secrets. It was followed by his second book, Fashion Design Essentials, and a collaboration on a third book entitled, Fashion Design, Referenced. The first two books have been translated into German and Chinese. He is also a contributor to Native Fashion Now, the book that accompanies the Peabody Essex Museum’s upcoming exhibit of the same name.  ... read more

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Get access to exclusive bonus content when you purchase this class.

  • pdf Mood Board Checklist
  • pdf Styling and Fashion Show Gear Guide
  • pdf Body Measurements Chart
  • pdf Care and Feeding of a Garment
  • pdf Change Agents
  • pdf Copy Rights and Copy Culture
  • pdf Dissemination - FashionArt
  • pdf Fashion Equations.pdf
  • pdf Fashion Show Checklists
  • pdf Question Charts
  • pdf Specializations - The Players
  • pdf Starter Questions Chart
  • pdf Pattern Making Gear Guide
  • pdf Sketching Gear Guide
  • pdf Sewing Gear Guide

100% of students recommend this class.
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  • Abbeylynne

    Abbeylynne

    August 2015

    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

    Michelle B

    July 2015

    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!!

  • Anji

    Anji

    July 2015

    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.

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