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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 Design Process: Concept, Mood, Inspiration

    - From inspiration to design
    - Unpack iconic runway collections and the concepts behind them
    - How to research effectively and build a story around your work
    - Develop the starting points for your collection
    - Live coaching and Q&A with students from top fashion universities

    12.00pmThe Design Process: Silhouette and Toile

    - Develop your eye for detail
    - Deep dive into iconic silhouettes and what makes them famous
    - Think creatively and push the boundaries of design
    - Use your initial research to develop a haute couture 3D paper garment

    12.50pmLunch Break

    1.50pmFashion Forecasting

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

    2.15pmThe Design Process: Colour, Fabric and Development

    - Uncover the next key stage in the design process: development
    - Develop your eye for detail
    - Refine your concept and create visuals
    - The Future of Fabric: sustainable alternatives and their uses
    - Discuss ideas and start to form initial designs, select colours and choose fabrics for your collection

    3.05pmThe Design Process: Illustration

    - Try your hand at a range of figurative illustrations in a guided workshop
    - Develop your own illustrative style
    - Initial ideas vs final line up – what’s the difference in style?
    - Design your own look within a capsule collection

    4.05pmThe Crit

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

    4.50pmCareer Coaching: How to Build a Stand Out Portfolio

    - Step-by-step guidance from industry professionals
    - Students from top universities break down the portfolio that gained them a place
    - A-level, art foundation, degree and beyond: examples of work from every stage in the process
    - FAQs: where to look for internships, interview tips, types of fashion degree and more

    5.30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    DAY TWO: THE FASHION INDUSTRY

    11.00amProduction and Manufacturing

    - Demystifying the making process: what happens after design?
    - Learn key techniques in the manufacturing process
    - A crash course in making your own garments
    - Drape ideas on a mannequin and implement specific design details
    - Showcase your garments in a mini runway show!

    1.30pmLunch Break

    1.50amSustainability in the Fashion Industry

    - The most pressing issue facing the industry today
    - How you can make a difference as a consumer
    - Changing the industry through design
    - Can fashion truly be sustainable?

    2.20pmMarketing & PR

    - All about brand identity & recognition
    - Sustainable fashion marketing
    - Create a personalised campaign to advertise your own sustainable fashion brand
    - Push boundaries with guerrilla marketing
    - Understand key marketing concepts and implement them into your own work

    3.20pmBuying & Merchandising

    - What is B&M? The varying roles and a day in the life
    - Understanding your target audience
    - Identify your vision for a brick and mortar store
    - Design a store display for your brand

    4.35pmThe Crit

    - Showcase your campaigns and store designs to a line up of professionals
    - Receive personalised feedback on your work
    - Present your ideas in front of a panel of judges

    5.00pmPanel Q&A

    - Panel of fashion buyers, merchandisers, journalists and more
    - Ask your burning questions
    - Gain valuable advice

    5.30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice.

    DAY ONE: FASHION DESIGN DAY

    DAY TWO: THE FASHION INDUSTRY

    DAY ONE: FASHION DESIGN DAY

    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
    - Gather inspiration for your own work

    11.30amThe Design Process: Concept, Mood, Inspiration

    - From inspiration to design
    - Unpack iconic runway collections and the concepts behind them
    - How to research effectively and build a story around your work
    - Demystifying the design journey

    12.30pmThe Design Process: Development

    - Uncover the next key stage in the design process: development
    - Develop your eye for detail
    - Deep dive into iconic silhouettes and what makes them famous
    - The Future of Fabric: sustainable alternatives and their uses
    - Discuss ideas and start to form initial designs, select colours and choose fabrics for your collection

    1.30pmLunch Break

    2.30pmThe Design Process: Illustration

    - Try your hand at a range of figurative illustrations in a guided workshop
    - Develop your own illustrative style
    - Initial ideas vs final line up – what’s the difference in style?
    - Design your own look within a capsule collection

    3.40pmThe Crit

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

    4.15pmCareer Coaching: How to Build a Stand Out Portfolio

    - Step-by-step guidance from industry professionals
    - Students from top universities break down the portfolio that gained them a place
    - A-level, art foundation, degree and beyond: examples of work from every stage in the process
    - FAQs: where to look for internships, interview tips, types of fashion degree and more

    5.00pmPanel Q&A

    - Panel discussion with designers from multiple areas of fashion
    - Your key questions answered
    - Build your action plan for future success

    5.30pmClose

    *exact programme subject to change without notice

    DAY TWO: THE FASHION INDUSTRY

    11.00amSustainability in the Fashion Industry

    - The most pressing issue facing the industry today
    - How you can make a difference as a consumer
    - Changing the industry through design
    - Can fashion truly be sustainable?

    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!

    12.30pmMarketing & PR

    - All about brand identity & recognition
    - Sustainable fashion marketing
    - Create a personalised campaign to advertise your own sustainable fashion brand
    - Push boundaries with guerrilla marketing
    - Understand key marketing concepts and implement them into your own work

    1.30pmLunch Break

    2.30pmBuying & Merchandising

    - What is B&M? The varying roles and a day in the life
    - Understanding your target audience
    - Identify your vision for a brick and mortar store
    - Design a store display for your brand

    3.30pmThe Crit

    - Showcase your campaigns and store designs to a line up of professionals
    - Receive personalised feedback on your work
    - Present your ideas in front of a panel of judges

    4.25pmCareer 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, journalists and more
    - Ask your burning questions
    - Gain valuable advice

    5.30pmClose

    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

    21st - 22nd January 2023

    University College London (UCL)

    Bloomsbury

    London

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    Live Online

    In-Person

    21st - 22nd January 2023

    11am - 5:30pm (UK time)

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    In-Person

    21st - 22nd January 2023

    University College London (UCL)

    Bloomsbury

    London

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    Online

    21st - 22nd January 2023

    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

    If 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). 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.

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