Last September I decided to go back to college to study Fashion Design in the Dublin Institute of Design.
It’s been a real eye opener for me, a wonderful journey into the world of fashion and design.
Even though I am a milliner, I’ve found fashion design and the process behind it to be very different in ways I’d not expected.
In the first term, we learnt the creative process behind turning an idea into a collection. We did mind maps, visual research, design development, experimented with various fabrics and multimedia, all with the objective of further exploring our designs, and bringing them to the next stage.
This was the first time I’d put myself and my designs through such a process, and was nothing like the way I had designed things before. I found it to be extremely worthwhile as an exercise as well as a way to further creative focus.
My theme was Electric Picnic, and from there the concepts I zoned in on were fireworks, lights, colour and of course a bit of sparkle! I wanted to evoke the magical feeling of the festival itself in my work.
Below are a few images of what I came up with – bear in mind I hadn’t even drawn as much as a circle since secondary school!!!! So excuse my bad drawing skills.
We also learnt some fashion history which was fascinating and motivating in equal measure. For a project we were asked to pick a fashion era to write an essay on – I picked the 80’s – and of course it complimented my EP themed collection.
At the end of the first term we presented our projects to the class and our two lecturers which was nerve wracking! Thankfully everyone experienced the same nerves, this helped us, then we felt we were all in the same boat.
Below is an image of the finished collection…
We didn’t get to actually manufacture/cut/make this collection but it was a great way to learn how to create a collection through design, research and development.
I am currently in term two which finishes up this week. In this term we’ve learnt how to use Adobe Illustrator – and my god it’s hard to use! I’m still trying to get my head around it.
We were taught how to draw flat drawings, make range plans & pricing sheets for our garments.
We learnt pattern drafting skills and made a skirt, bodice and trousers as part of our project.
We also were given a project to create an outfit to enter into The Frankfurt Style Awards which was exciting! This time we will manufacture the outfit in term three, and at the end of the year we will showcase our finished design at the DID Fashion show.
I’d definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in fashion. It has really opened my eyes up to the world of fashion and design, in a special way! Although the course itself is intense at times – it really is worth the hard work and effort!
Really looking forward to term three – I’ll let you know how it goes!