FASHION DESIGN / PATTERN MAKING

3 year course – LEVEL III CERTIFICATION IN FASHION DESIGN / PATTERN MAKING
MJM FASHION DESIGN SCHOOL PARIS, NANTES, RENNES & STRASBOURG – FRANCE


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INTRODUCTION TO THE PROFESSION

An iconic profession within the fashion industry, the fashion designer is a creator of fashion and accessories. They invent and design different pieces for ready-to-wear collections (mass-produced designs, hence the common name for this tends to be retail fashion design) or haut-couture collections (unique pieces where the designer becomes a « creator »).
They will often specialise in one area of fashion such as men’s wear, women’s wear, children’s wear, sportswear, knitwear, footwear, lingerie, etc.

Fashion designers are responsible for collections that they may have worked on 1 or 2 years ago. They draw clothes and accessories imagining the shapes, lines, colours and materials. They may produce several hundreds of design a year. They must anticipate trends based on societal movements and phenomenon, cultural events, etc. Although solitary in their pure design work, they work closely with teams of colourists, textile designers, seamstresses, marketing experts, etc. In addition, they are often fashion designers-cum-pattern makers.

THE AIM

The fashion design/pattern making course will enable students to acquire genuine expertise through the development of their personal collections and professional portfolios which document their initial inspirations, the collection plan and the brand strategy. Each year, our fashion designers’ creations are shown before ambassadors of French and international fashion during the annual fashion, a real showcase of their talents.

JOB PROSPECTS

Fashion designers may work as employees within companies, fashion houses or styling agencies. They may also work independently (freelance) or manage their own business. Their role may also stop at the creation of trends without taking into account the production process. Within the industry there is potential to be promoted to the position of Design Director.

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THE COURSE

COURSE SYLLABUS

FASHION DESIGN:
• Developing personality and creativity
• History of fashion (awareness of styles, chronology and themes)
• Research notebooks (stimulating their creative eye, deciphering trends)
• Fashion drawings
• Building a collection (colour pallet, materials research, etc.)
• Technical specification sheets for clothing and accessories
• Collection plan

TEXTILE INFOGRAPHICS
• Designing, creating moods
with sketches
• Ranges of colours and patterns for
for fabrics and logos
• Colourisation of figures and line drawings
• Technical specification sheets and tint blocks for mass production
• Designing complex patterns (mesh, twists, checks, stripes, dyed yarn)

PATTERN MAKING:
• Clothing technology
• Technical drawing
• History of the suit
• Creation of study pieces and complete garments
• Introduction to pattern making
• Technical specification sheet, table
summary of measurements
• Pattern design, pattern grading,
cutting techniques
• DTP training: VETIGRAPH

TEXTILE DESIGN AND MATERIALS:
• Culture of textile from a technical, sociological and ethical perspective
• Learning The basics of weaving (threads, origins, thread counts, warp and weft, armour, understanding the components).
• Design and production: mastering colour (study of colour and appliqué), graphic design, layouts, weaving, printing and meshing techniques).

FASHION MANAGEMENT:
• Design and culture
(analysis of a fashion show, history of clothes, etc.)
• Image and communication
(from the catwalk to the shop)
• Brand and strategy
• Production circuits
• Distribution circuits

 
THE COURSE DETAIL

Educational goal:
To upgrade students and to give them a solid foundation
in areas that will become their production tools and expertise:
• Methods of working in clothing and accessories design: sketches,
flat patterns, trend books, technical specification sheets
• Understanding casting, flat pattern cutting, pattern making, grading and mounting
• General introduction to the history of fashion (projects, designers, etc.)
• Textile culture and design

Concrete goal:
• Capsule collection portfolio (fashion and accessories)
• Personal portfolio on the chronology of the history of fashion and designers
• To produce study pieces (pockets, collar, cuff, etc.)
• To design a personal mock-up based on acquired knowledge
(skirt, trousers, blouse, jacket, etc.)

PRODUCTION TECHNIQUES

Educational goal:
To develop an in-depth understanding of the profession of fashion designer/pattern maker through the production of a capsule collection based a given theme and to work through the stages of the development process, without losing sight of the commercial and cultural issues charactering today’s fashion industry.
• To analyse trends and influences in relation to their capsule collections (fashion management, fashion show analysis, history of clothing, etc.)
• To produce a collection of designs
• To design patterns and textiles
• To produce technical specification sheets (Photoshop, Illustrator)

Concrete goal:
• To analyse trends and influences in relation to their capsule collections (fashion management, fashion show analysis, history of clothing, etc.)
• To apply casting, mounting, cutting, pattern grading and pattern making techniques to their designs
• Technical specification sheets (Photoshop and Illustrator)
• To design patterns and textiles in accordance with technical, sociological and ethical considerations
• Capsule project portfolio (creative and technical content of the collection)

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At the end of the course and after satisfying a panel of professionals, depending on their training, the student will be awarded: a CSFP (Certificat Supérieur de Formation Professionnelle [Higher Education Vocational Training Certificate]) or a CERTIFICATION registered with the RNCP.

Currently, courses in Advertising Graphic Design, Infographics, Web Design, Fashion Design/Pattern Making and Interior Architecture are registered with the RNCP (Registre National de Certification Professionnelle [National Register of Vocational Certifications]).

Finally, our institution has been awarded the OPQF (Organisme Professionnel de Qualification des organismes de Formation [Professional Qualifying Body of Training Institutes]) qualification which attests to the quality of the training.

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How to apply ?

MJM Graphic Design is a Fashion school in France, you can apply for follow the fashion program in Paris, Nantes, Rennes & Strasbourg.

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