Friday, 7 August 2015

Fashion Design at London College of Fashion

So I was lucky enough to study for a week at LCF. I took part in a short summer course studying fashion design. I thought that I would talk about what I did and my experiences in case anyone is interested in studying fashion in London. LINK TO THE UNIVERSITY

Travelling with all my equipment was very interesting to say the least on the train and tube. But once I arrived, I met some lovely people who were all interested in fashion. Although I do talk to my friends who like fashion , it was lovely to speak to people about the latest trends and all that fashion textile stuff which my friends might not understand.
The idea of the week was to explore the process of creating a portfolio which we could show to our chosen universities and build upon after the course.
We started by exploring different magazines and finding what we liked and create a core mood board. My chosen theme for the week was print and pattern. I am currently exploring print in my a levels and I thought that I could use my teacher for help. My teacher for the week was Eve Lin who has studied at the university as well as has her own label which is highly successful. She is the most down to earth person I have ever met and her fashion garments are beautiful. (LINK)

We visited the Victoria and Albert Museum which I have visited plenty of times and I will ever get tired of visiting. We had a couple of international students who hadn't been before and I believe that enjoyed it as much as I did. I got to look around and make sketches of things which linked with our theme.
In the afternoon, once we had lunch in South Kensington and Eve gave us some over seas pineapple cake, we went back to the college to add to our mod boards.

We continued with our mood boards developing the colours. Then we were put into groups in order to create a  new board with a different theme. Then we had to find a line ( the line is the masking tape) then using this line, we created a square (each side was the line). Our task was to create a garment. We decided to create a top with a low back on our model ( who we named Meryl).
We also did some speed drawing ; drawing the human figure at different angles in two minutes. I personally hated this as I was rubbish but it was a great skill to develop. It was to prepare us if we were to visit a fashion show as the garments would not be in front of you for no more than 30 seconds.
We then used our mood boards to create garments using magazine clippings. At first, I didn't like mine so I decided that I would find resources at home which I could use to improve them. The idea wasn't to make something wearable but something which could be developed. I found this technique every interesting and I wish to carry on this.

McQueen Coat and Belt-- Coat Goals!

Due to a tube strike (IT WAS A NIGHTMARE!) we decided to walk around London exploring different areas which we , as a group, had not visited before. This included Soho (during the day ) , New Bond Street and so on. Also we visited an interesting market ( cant remember the name) of different high end fashion designers , personally I didn't like the atmosphere but the garments were beautiful.
It was our last day and we were all sad as it went past so quickly but we finished off our magazine garments. We spend the morning finishing six different garments ready to present them to each other. We had to explain the process of how we got to our six garments. Everyone in the class had a completely different theme so it was interesting to learn about how they got to where they did.
Eve brought us some snacks and we had a talk about the week as well as followed each other on social media. The people who were in the class were lovely and we all wanted to stay for longer.
I would 100% recommend the course and I have learnt techniques which I didn't know as well as I now know where some of the best fabric shops are. It has also confirmed my plan to study there for my university course.
Let me know if you are interested in the course or any of the other courses which the university offers.
Also any questions , don't hesitate to comment below

Also check out my Instagram to see some more pictures from the week - @Gee_Grain
Gee x

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