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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Short Courses at Accademia Italiana Bangkok Part I

I'm currently doing my second Coursera course (albeit slowly) and in the middle of about five different non-fiction books. But despite all this free knowledge, I've been thinking about going back to study for a while now. After my forays into blogging I wanted to know about the other side of fashion - design.

I decided to get a taste of what studying design would be like by taking a few fashion courses at Accademia Italiana. Bonus: it's located 5 minutes from my place in Sukhumvit Soi 23, so I could roll out of bed and make it to class on a Saturday morning in 15 minutes. Just like the old days!

I took two different classes: Designing a Trend and Basic Pattern Making. So here's a rundown of what to expect at these two courses, starting with Designing a Trend.

Fashion Design: Fashion Collection - Designing a Trend (3 Saturdays, 9am - 4pm)

Inside the Accademia Italiana classroom.

Week 1

The ten in the class ranged in age and experience. High schoolers interested in studying fashion, people who always loved fashion but work in other fields, aspiring brand owners. It's a beginners' class so no experience necessary.

Jovan Petrovski taught the class. He spent years working as a designer in some big name fashion houses so it was interesting to hear his take on the state of the industry. He explained the fashion landscape including the key fashion houses and their histories, segmentation of the fashion industry from haute couture to fast fashion and the how trends are formed.

The second half of the day was an introduction to fashion illustration and the main project of the course.

The project was a fun one - choose a muse from a list of fashion icons provided by Jovan and start filling up your sketchbook with research and ideas. The finished product would be an illustrated collection inspired by that muse.

My sketchbook and some of my sketches with exaggerated fashion proportions.

A note on drawing:

Illustration is not a skill I possess, and it was something I was worried about as I signed up for the class. Does that mean I can't design? The answer is no... and yes.

Jovan started by asking the class to draw a figure. At the final class we compared our original drawing to our new one and saw vast improvement. If that is possible over three weeks then with practice any aspiring designer can be a decent illustrator - enough to communicate designs properly, at least.

Week 2

Jovan over our homework from Week 1: the sketchbook with our research and 10 figure drawings for practice. We practiced drawing figures walking and standing in different positions.

We spent the rest of the class finalizing our mood boards. Thankfully, all my pinning had made me somewhat adept at moodboard making. It's all about color tone and flow, but you can tell I like my pics organized.

I chose Joan Crawford, combining her film noir style with tropical prints and beach style to make it contemporary.

Week 3

In the final class we designed our outfits. I didn't think it was possible but after 2 weeks of research and thought everyone was excited to put their ideas on paper. We designed 10 looks based on our moodboard then presented our project to the class. Fun!

Also loved how the teacher, Jovan Petrovski, regaled us with anecdotes about the fashion industry. Ask him about Maison Martin Margiela for an insider's perspective.

Jovan showing us how to color inside the lines.

Accademia Italiana
3rd floor Jasmine City,
2  Sukhumvit Soi 23
Bangkok, Thailand 10110
Klongtoey Nua, Wattana

Head over to the school's website for more info on the courses including schedules.

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