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“The process of sharing information, especially when this increases understanding between people or groups.”

Communication – Business English (COMMUNICATION | meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary)

Successful communication would not be possible without language. It helps us express our thoughts, beliefs and interact with others. Regarding fashion design, clothes are the language that allows people to communicate without words. 

“Language is more fashion than science, and matters of usage, spelling, and pronunciation tend to wander around like hemlines.”

Bill Bryson
fashion language
A task from Core level – Color lesson – Music and color

Fashion designers are the creators of the language. The main components of this language are inspiration, culture, and aesthetics.

We can refer to clothes as art – art accessible to everyone, and everyone can choose how they want to create or express themselves. Nevertheless, fashion is more than simply the clothes you wear; it is also about how you wear them and the visual story they convey. 

“What you wear represents you to the world, especially now, when communication between people is so fast. Fashion is a universal language that everyone understands.”

Miuccia Prada

The visual story of clothes…

It depends, of course, on the person, but also the designer has an essential role in this. The designer must understand or predict what the customer loves and hates. I would even say that designers must apprehend the language their customers want to speak.

fashion language
A task from Introduction levelAtmosphere – Energized composition with movement.

First, you must comprehend and learn about this international multi-billion dollar industry. To do that, you must be aware of all the disciplines fashion design contains – history, illustration, technology, and business.

It shows that more than inspiration or good taste is needed to create a brand or become a fashion designer. 

composition language
A task from Introduction levelComposition lesson – Atmosphere – Tension in the composition

Now everything may sound quite overwhelming but don’t worry. It is not as hard as it may sound. Your skills and portfolio may be more critical in the fashion world than where you have studied. 

So if you are interested in fashion design, you can commence with the Fashion Foundation course! 

Here you will be able to learn about the field, get to know fashion designers’ tools and try them out in practice. As well as understand how to create a design concept and an excellent application for any fashion design program.

Let’s take a closer look at how you can do that with the help of Fashion Foundation lessons.

Master the techniques

At the introduction level, you will be able to acquire new techniques that will help with executing your ideas and designs.

composition language
A task from Introduction level – Composition lesson – Atmosphere – Chaotic composition
  • Photoshop / Photo Editing & Correction
  • Photoshop / Digital Painting
  • Colored pencil Drawing
  • Pencil Drawing
  • Composition
  • Sketching & Ideation

Get your hands dirty

After learning the techniques, it is time to get your hands dirty with more practice and in-depth design assignments at the core level.

fashion collection
A task from Core level Fashion Design lesson – Street-wear collection. I wanted to create something stylish but with an elegant touch. That is why I choose as a reference 2000’s street fashion and corset for a more feminine look and feel.
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  • Surface design
  • Fashion Design
  • Gouache & Acrylic Painting
  • Human shape
  • Color
  • 3D paper models
  • Light & Shadow

Sharpen your knives

At the applied level, you will be able to broader your knowledge not only about fashion design but also about design in general.

fashion language
A task from the Applied level Trends lesson – Inspiration impact. I decided to create an artwork inspired by Karl Lagerfeld and his love for cats. Seven lives of Karl Lagerfeld.
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  • Scandinavian Design
  • Collage techniques
  • Visual concept & identity
  • Portfolio examples
  • Concept in Design

Come and build the foundation of your fashion language!

“Fashion is a language that creates itself in clothes to interpret reality.”

Karl Lagerfeld
Aalto BA in Design program - Elina's experience

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