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Fashion Design: Start to Finish

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  •   01 Intro to Fashion Design Inspiration: Where to Begin

  •   02 Why Create a Moodboard?


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About The Class

rule the runway.

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

  2. 02

    Why Create a Moodboard?

  3. 03

    Student Mood Boards

  4. 04

    Fashion Inspiration Resources

  5. 05

    Learn from the Masters of Fashion

  6. 06

    Explore New Fashion Frontiers

  7. 07

    Why Narrow Your Focus?

  8. 08

    Find a Fashion Specialty

  9. 09

    Craft a Collection

  10. 10

    Learn to Edit

  11. 11

    Intro to Making Fashion: Draw, Draft and Sew

  12. 12

    Why Start with a Sketch?

  13. 13

    Drawing: Draw Your Muse

  14. 14

    Drawing: Sketch a Figure and Define a Silhouette

  15. 15

    Drawing: Render Color

  16. 16

    Drawing: Add Texture, Patterns, and Details

  17. 17

    Pattern Draping: Working with Muslin

  18. 18

    Pattern Draping: Drape a Basic Form

  19. 19

    Pattern Draping: Drape Folds

  20. 20

    Pattern Draping: Experiment with Style Lines

  21. 21

    Pattern Flat: Create and True a Pattern

  22. 22

    Draping and Patterning Recap

  23. 23

    Constructing Clothes: Put it Together

  24. 24

    Constructing Clothes: Make it Special and Finish Well

  25. 25

    Intro to Fashion Marketing and Branding

  26. 26

    Explore Your Audience

  27. 27

    Display, Data and Design

  28. 28

    Share Your Work

  29. 29

    Find Your Following

  30. 30

    Inform Your Brand

  31. 31

    Build Your Business Model

  32. 32

    Why Tell Your Fashion Story?

  33. 33

    Establish Relationships

  34. 34

    Be Ready for Change

  35. 35

    Intro to Produce a Fashion Show

  36. 36

    The Fashion Show: Why? When? How?

  37. 37

    Pre-Show: Develop a Fashion Show Concept

  38. 38

    Pre-Show: Build a Team

  39. 39

    Pre-Show: Create a Timeline and Checklist

  40. 40

    Day of Show: Backstage Strategy

  41. 41

    Show: Working with Front of House

  42. 42

    Show: Scheduling Run of Show

  43. 43

    Show: Breaking Down the Event

  44. 44

    Post-Show: Increasing Your Audience

  45. 45

    Post-Show: PR for Fashion Shows

  46. 46

    Post-Show: Dealing with Downtime

  47. 47

    Fashion Design: Start to Finish - Wrap Up


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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Bonus Material

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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


    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


    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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