FADxV&A Fashion Portfolio Course retuned for it’s 4thedition this July, with 15 aspiring creatives ready to try a diverse range of fashion and textile activities inspired by the museum.
We kicked off in style, with a visit to the Dior: Designer of Dreams exhibition, which explores the impact and influence of the pioneering couturier. Students took inspiration from the details of design and construction to try out some of their own couture embellishment techniques using beads, feathers, ribbons and sequins.
On Tuesday, they applied their research in a different, more contemporary context, scanning their sketches and embellishments to create digital repeat patterns in Photoshop and using CAD skills to place them on mens and womenswear garment designs.
In complete contrast to the opulence and luxury of Dior, the Mary Quant exhibition introduced students to the spirit of 1960s London and its spirit of freedom and rebellion, as well as the designer’s very modern inspirations in music, culture and gender equality. Innovator Quant achieved mass reach through her label and diffusion line, as well as her home sewing patterns, accessories, hosiery, dolls and makeup. She pioneered jersey sportswear as fashion, and also brought us tights, miniskirts, PVC rainwear and waterproof mascara.
Students took inspiration from Quant’s famed 1960s minidresses to cut and sew their own custom versions. Want to sew along with us? You can download the free pattern and instructions from the V&A website.
We concluded the week by exploring footwear deign, working in teams to develop a design concept and customise a range of shoes.
Thank you to V&A for hosting us and facilitating the exhibition entry, and to all the industry volunteers and FAD alumni who shared their expertise and experience.