Our focus this month is on The Design Process; from the first sketch to getting your designs ready for your production house, we're covering everything you need to know. We're honoured to have the expertise of award-winning fashion consultant, James Hillman, for this Masterclass. Charlie also takes us through ways you can think about sustainability and ethics within your designs. We also have invaluable information on developing technical packs for your factories, and how to design with environmentally beneficial fabrics. And to round it off, we have an amazing interview with a brand who has created 100% vegan shoes using unusual footwear materials, putting responsible design into practice. We also have two past events that through a live Q&A cover topics in more depth, including ethical design and creating a tech pack.
In this Masterclass you will learn:
- How the Critical Path can keep you on track
- What the design process involves, from creating mood boards through to sampling
- How to realise your designs into patterns
- How to manage the production processes, from setting up a supply chain to quality control
- How to create a tech pack, with three handy downloadable guides and templates
- Sustainable design practices that you can implement, like emotional durability and zero waste
- How to grow your business with one core principle
Fashion Design Calendarwith James Hillman
In this video, James takes us through an overview of a traditional fashion design calendar, also known as a critical path.
The Creative Processwith James Hillman
In this video James talks about how to start the design process, developing your initial ideas and building the range, finalising the designs for a collection and the changes to the collection after sampling.
Creating Your Designs & Pattern Cuttingwith James Hillman
In this video James covers how to realise your design into a product, how to make patterns factory ready and tips on sending patterns to factories and managing the production process.
The Design Process to Productionwith James Hillman
In this video, James takes us through the basics of working with a factory, with some top tips on the questions to ask and what you need to have organised and finished before you meet them.
Sustainable Designwith Charlie Bradley Ross
Fashion has an immense impact on the environment and on the millions of people who work in it. To rescue our planet from society's throwaway culture, designers must begin to help consumers realise the importance of sustainability. Using sustainable design practices, we can create products that are environmentally, socially and financially better. Once consumers recognise the superiority of these types of products their preferences will slowly shift away from low quality, fast choices. When this happens, we can immediately see a significant reduction in the wasteful practise of buying and throwing away clothes.
In this video, we discuss some of the many different sustainable design approaches. I hope you adopt these methods yourself, or even better, inspire you to create your own innovative approach to more sustainable design practice.