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Fashion Portfolio

Every young designer needs a “killer” portfolio that will stand out at even the most competitive design school, both here and abroad, and even have the potential to earn scholarships. This course addresses that need by introducing a number of skill-building techniques that can be applied to future projects at home. First, we will check out the ever-changing portfolio requirements for the various design schools and also analyze what goes into a successful portfolio through visual examples. Parsons Design Challenge will be reviewed in detail. Secondly, we will discuss a variety of fabrics and create collage mood boards to explore each student’s personal design aesthetic. Third, we will explore strategies to develop exciting designs that reflect those aesthetics. Fourth, we will learn easy marker rendering techniques and solutions to successfully illustrate those ideas. The final result of these explorations will be a Design Collection Project, perfect for a fashion portfolio. We will also access any work that students have already completed, both for fashion and fine art. A Zoom session with a college admissions representative will help to answer any lingering questions.

Fashion design workshops are open admission. Instructors will work with your child at their level. Your child will improve and learn new skills, whether they are a beginner or have been designing for years.

  • One art kit:  The kit should include a decent pair of paper scissors, five black Prismapencils, five terra cotta prismapencils, a pad of 11×14 tracing paper, a pad of 11×14 marker rendering paper (Bordon Riley),  two Copic marker refills – E31 and E34, and a large glue stick.  (All supplies can be ordered from Dick Blick online.).  
  • A folder of at least twenty-five examples of fashion photos that you love.  You can get these from magazines or print them from the internet.  They should be mostly in color.  
  • A folder ot ten fine art pieces or graphic designs that you love.  
  • A folder of your original art and design work that you would like to access for your portfolio.  You can also bring your portfolio if you have already begun to assemble your work.  
  • Fabric swatches that you have collected. (Optional)

Class is Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

Kathryn Hagen is a graduate of Parsons School of Design and the author of Portfolio for Fashion Designers. She taught portfolio development for two decades at Otis College and also as Fashion Chair at Woodbury University. She has spent many years exploring fashion culture and its relationship to fine art. As she also maintains a practice as a fine artist, Kathryn is uniquely suited to shepherd young designers in developing strong portfolios that display both art and design talents.

Age: 14-18

July 17 – July 30, 2022
Two-week session

Student Fashion Show
Saturday, July 30, 2022 at 10:00am

Tuition, room and board:

Day student tuition:

Lab fee:

Enrollment limited to 10 students.
(Total capacity includes Residential and Day Students)

Kathryn Hagen

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