Our ethos

To nurture the young individual for a career in fashion

Our programme

The Summer Fashion School London is exactly that. Based in Chelsea, London we offer two age-specific 7 day intensive residential or non-residential fashion programmes designed to give you a real insight into the many aspects of the fashion industry. You will have access to unique learning experiences including workshops, masterclasses and talks from high-ranking industry professionals and entrepreneurs covering areas such as buying, merchandising and trend analysis. You will fast track your skills, enhance your experience, increase your knowledge base and take your first steps towards creating a fashion portfolio. Whether you are a fashion beginner or a budding designer, you will be welcomed our school’s friendly, safe, inclusive and respectful family.

11 – 13 year olds

Saturday 4th August – Friday 10th August 2018

You will learn how to:

  • Develop themes and ideas into a design
  • Use trends within your design
  • Create mood boards and learn why designers use them
  • Use different types of fabrics
  • Use and make your own patterns
  • Sew and construct a garment
  • Take your first steps into the fashion industry

You will visit:

  • The V&A’s fashion collection and exhibition
  • A fashion careers talk and advice on the best subjects to take at school
  • A high-end garment manufacturer and a prestigious fashion University for an exclusive tour

You will take home:

  • A sketchbook bursting with creativity
  • Your own mood boards
  • A capsule outfit made by yourself

14 – 18 year olds

Saturday 28th July – Friday 3rd August 2018

You will learn how to:

  • Research and use various design development methods
  • Utilise trend forecasting within your design
  • Create mood boards and learn why designers use them
  • Use different types of fabrics
  • Use and make your own patterns
  • Construct a garment using 3D design and specialist techniques
  • Complete design briefs

You will visit:

  • The V&A’s fashion collection and exhibition
  • The Fashion & Textiles museum
  • A fashion careers and CV talk
  • A high-end garment manufacturer, a fashion designer’s studio and a prestigious fashion University for an exclusive tour

You will take home:

  • A sketchbook bursting with creativity
  • Your own mood boards
  • A capsule outfit made by yourself

Going the extra mile…

24-hour Pastoral Care

All our activities and venues are staffed 24 hours a day, for the duration of the programme, to ensure the highest student safety, so our team are always close by, should we be needed. Caroline Gration is responsible for the day-to-day running of the summer school and will be on hand each day. She has years of experience in education and the management of schools, colleges and student welfare.

Guest Lectures

We go the extra mile to enhance the students study experience. As part of this, we’ve organised guest speakers from a wide range of backgrounds and specialisms within the fashion industry to talk to our students and provide interactive workshops, where students will be encouraged to participate in current debates and discussions.

Caroline with Immy, aged 11

Testimonials

“We have sent our daughter on loads of activity clubs over the years, but nothing has ever inspired her as much as The Fashion School. It was wonderful to hear her talking so excitedly about every evening throughout the course, and for a long while afterwards. We regularly recommend the school to our friends and hope more girls can benefit as much as our daughter clearly has. You have encouraged my daughter to view her Dyslexia as an asset in the fashion world and this has made her feel more positive and happy. She now believes that she has a natural creative talent that she could use to make her successful in her future career”

Mrs Robinson parent

“My daughter returned home enthusiastic about design and fashion. Her skills have developed and the warm, encouraging atmosphere makes it a great experience. I have been very impressed with the work she returned home with. This is a great school, with encouragement and creativity at it’s centre. Each young person that attends is treated as an individual and given tutoring specific to their needs. A very positive experience”

Mrs Savage parent

“At The Fashion School, my favourite thing is being able to explore new trends and ideas whilst being able to create my own version. I also enjoy attending the workshops, it gives you an idea of what your sketch books are there for and how to present your work the best way possible”

Wenesze student

“The Fashion School has accomplished so much more than just teaching me how to design; I’ve learnt a great amount about the fashion industry and the different roles in it. The amazing people there (both the staff and students) make the experience very fun and enjoyable whilst learning a lot. I’ve been given so many incredible opportunities that I would never find anywhere else – especially at a young age. Attending The Fashion School helped me decide that fashion is what I want to do in the future and I know Caroline and the other tutors will be supportive and help me get there”

Jasmine student

“I love the Fashion School for so many reasons. The garments always look so well made, and it is very professionally run with lovely tutors and equipment. The school is so well organised with lots of wonderful workshops and fashion trips. I’ve attended several other design classes, and none of them compare to The Fashion School”

Calypso student

“The Fashion School provides so many unique and exciting opportunities for younger students wanting to learn and grow their design techniques. There is always such a wonderful variety of classes, workshops, shows and trips to inspire, enthuse and grow the students. The tutors are caring and incredibly capable and the students get to use great quality equipment. Caroline always brings the most wonderful energy, warmth, enthusiasm and passion to all that she does at the Fashion School, which adds to make it a truly special place to be”

Mrs Cragg parent

Locations