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The Young Fashion Designer Weekend

Ages 15-18 Live Online OR In Person

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Overview

The Young Fashion Designer Weekend gives students aged 15-18 an immersive experience of working in the Fashion industry. You will take part in a series of interactive simulations, seminars and Q&A sessions with fashion designers, illustrators, stylists, and merchandisers from various brands over 2 days. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person in London or ‘Live Online’.

The programme includes an opportunity for you to: create mood boards, learn the key aspects of sketching, and design your very own capsule collection. You will learn to forecast fashion trends for the future, plan an effective marketing campaign for your brand, and gain the top insights required to build your retail empire.

Attendance will give you a competitive edge in the race for the best universities and jobs in fashion, and a 'super-curricular' experience to add to your UCAS application.

Highlights

An Immersive Experience of Fashion Design:

  • Expert Fashion Designers will coach you through live, interactive simulations, including:

  • Sketching alongside experienced fashion designers and illustrators
  • How to translate your vision into an innovative design collection 
  • How to successfully promote your brand: get your name out there!
  • Negotiate your prices, select your pieces and build your store 

    Career coaching for Young Fashion Designers:

    • You will be trained on how to fulfil your career ambitions in fashion design

    • An action plan of how to gain get to the top, starting now

    • Coaching by experts on study choices; work experience; building your portfolio; gaining exposure and networking in the industry

    An Audience With Top Fashion Designers:

    • Q&A time with a panel of fashion designers to ask all your burning questions

    • Meet designers, illustrators, stylists, merchandisers, retail buyers and more 
    • Unlimited lifetime access to our depth of expertise. Students can contact us for further advice at any time

    Boost your UCAS Form and CV:

    • Attendance demonstrates you’ve gained key skills such as design, teamwork, creativity and communication

    • Complete the online assessment after the programme and receive a personalised certificate to include in your applications

    DAY ONE: FASHION DESIGN

    DAY TWO: THE FASHION INDUSTRY

    DAY ONE: FASHION DESIGN

    11.00amThe World of Fashion

    - Fashion through the ages
    - The world’s most iconic fashion brands
    - What it takes to become a fashion designer
    - Haute couture vs ready to wear

    11.30amThe Design Process: Textiles, Colour and Proportion

    - From inspiration to design
    - What makes a collection innovative?
    - The human body and dimensions
    - Understanding the fabric before designing
    - Creating a colour story
    - Create a mood board of colours and textures for your own collection

    1.00pmFashion Sketching

    - Pencil sketches vs online sketches
    - Participate in a live fashion sketching tutorial

    1.30pmLunch Break

    2.30pmDesign your Capsule Collection!

    - Design 5 pieces for your capsule collection, including your very own statement piece
    - Learn how to communicate your vision through your designs

    3.30pmThe Pitch

    - Present your capsule collection to a panel of experts
    - Receive live feedback from industry experts

    4.15pmCareer Coaching: How to Become a Top Fashion Designer

    - Coaching on how to break into fashion design
    - Routes into fashion design: building your brand
    - How to stand out: skillset, work experience and extra-curricular activities
    - Building your portfolio and getting exposure

    5.00pmPanel Q&A

    - Panel discussion with freelance and contract designers
    - Key questions answered
    - Build your action plan for future success

    5.30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    DAY TWO: THE FASHION INDUSTRY

    11.00amFrom High Fashion to High Street

    - High fashion vs commercial fashion
    - The influence of high fashion on the high street
    - Two pathways: making your choice

    11.30amFashion Forecasting

    - The Trend Setter: How does a trend start?
    - Vintage comebacks
    - Analyse the movement of the market and discover ‘the next big thing’
    - Predict the next fashion trend for 2022!

    12.30pmFashion Marketing & PR

    - Brand identity & recognition
    - Sustainable fashion marketing
    - Promote and sell your brand
    - Create a personalised campaign to advertise your brand
    - Develop a community around your brand

    1.30pmLunch Break

    2.30pmFashion Buying & Merchandising

    - Buying fashion Negotiating price and quantity with suppliers
    - Understanding your target audience

    3.15pmBuild Your Boutique!

    - Identify your vision
    - Select pieces from various lines and create a cohesive aesthetic style
    - Design your store display

    4.15pmCareer Coaching: Breaking into the Fashion Industry

    - Coaching on breaking into the fashion careers beyond design
    - University choices, work experience and extra-curricular activities
    - Building your network

    5.00pmPanel Q&A

    - Panel of fashion buyers, merchandisers, and PR executives
    - Ask your burning questions
    - Gain valuable advice

    5.30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    Fees, Eligibility and Options

    This programme is for students aged 15-18. No prior knowledge or experience is required. The programme involves a mixture of interactive simulations, exercises and Q&A sessions. You can choose to attend the programme either in-person or ‘Live Online’; the content is very similar for both.

    Programme Fee:

    ‘Live Online’: £165/student for both days.

    In-Person: £165/student for one day (you can choose either day 1 or 2) OR £295/student for both days

    There is no application process, and you can secure your place simply by clicking “Register Now”. We operate on a first-come first-served basis and programme places are limited.

    Venues, Dates & Locations

    London, UK

    In-Person

    22nd - 23rd January 2022

    University College London (UCL)

    Gower Street

    Bloomsbury

    WC1E 6BT

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    Live Online

    In-Person

    22nd - 23rd January 2022

    11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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    In-Person

    22nd - 23rd January 2022

    University College London (UCL)

    Gower Street

    Bloomsbury

    WC1E 6BT

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    Online

    22nd - 23rd January 2022

    11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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    AmbitionX

    As part of your booking, you will receive 12 months’ access to our state-of-the-art tech platform, AmbitionX. Here you will find all of your programme materials and complete post-programme assessments to gain coveted ‘experience points’ to demonstrate your levels of professional development. You will also be able to access any of InvestIN’s Live Online weekend and evening programmes through AmbitionX at no extra cost.

    COVID-19 Group

    We do not anticipate any Covid-related issues preventing us from delivering the in-person programme. Any government guidance on Covid-related safeguarding (such as the wearing of masks and social distancing) will of course be adhered to. We have managed to successfully deliver in-person programmes during the Covid-19 pandemic (including during the summers of 2020 and 2021), with excellent feedback. We are therefore highly experienced in giving students a fantastic experience even with social distancing rules in place.

    In the unlikely event that the in-person programme is cancelled because of Covid-19 then students will have two options: i) move to the next in-person date; ii) move to the ‘Live Online’ version of the programme you selected and be refunded the difference in price. (If you pay via credit because you postponed a previous booking then the credit note will be reissued to you in full). 

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