Fashion Design - Draping and Silhouettes - Nottingham Trent University



Draping on the stand is a proven, industry-standard approach to creating new fashion concepts.

It’s a valuable and often playful approach that helps you develop ideas through the exploration of the body and 3D forms.

Draping is a process often used by professional fashion designers because it allows you to experiment on a dress form to see how fabrics behave (the way they sit and hang on the body).

It enables you to see your designs come to life and evolve in a way that working on paper does not always achieve.

It also enables you to make better choices when considering the suitability of a particular fabric for your designs.

On this course, you’ll complete several practical design projects using draping on a mannequin to explore fabric manipulation techniques.

You’ll learn about fabric flow and get a feel for how it can be manipulated to create unique silhouettes.

This course is ideal for anyone who wants to enhance existing fashion skills and take their portfolio to a more professional level.

During the course you will:

- learn the principles of fashion draping
- consider fabric options, the way it flows and its draping properties
- be introduced to creating draping lines on a mannequin using drapers’ tape
- learn about placement and proportions
- complete an independent project
- transform your concept by developing your design in 3D forms
- consider sustainable approaches to fabric selection
- reflect on how to further develop your draping forms into garment designs.

What will I gain?

You will leave this course having practised various creative techniques of draping for fashion design, and designs you can use to create your own garments.

You’ll also with a small portfolio of photographs of your draping projects.

Level: Intermediate

Entry requirement: You should have some fashion experience, either from professional work, previous studies at a beginners level or above, or from your own personal projects.

Where you’ll learn: You will be based in the School of Art and Design on the City Campus.

You will have access to an excellent range of facilities and equipment in the fashion studios, with industry-standard fashion tables, professional mannequins, and space to work on your hand-drawn designs.

You’ll also have access to our library to use outside of your short course; whilst you can’t reserve or take away books, you are welcome to use them as a resource for research and referencing.

Tutor Profile: Hannah Phipps is an experienced fashion designer with over 15 years in the industry.

Her wealth of knowledge spans the full design process, from concept to completed product.

Hannah is also an experienced short course tutor, bringing plenty of energy to her courses which makes for a positive, enjoyable learning environment.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Eight weeks of quality tuition with an experienced tutor.

Certificate of attendance upon completion.

Indicative maximum class size: 12


Creative Short Courses at Nottingham Trent University


50 Shakespeare Street

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Limited mobility
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Vision impaired
  • Wheelchair users


8 weeks (6:00pm to 8:30pm)

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