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What does a stylish evening gown have in common with a PC? It's tough one. At first they sound poles apart, but without that computer, it is possible that some garments in your wardrobe may never have existed.

There was a time when all clothes were made by hand, and all designs were painstaking imagined, sewn, and conceived with a needle and thread. Then the sewing machine came in and made things a little easier. Then computers were introduced, and a whole new world of possibilities opened up.

But while most of us are familiar with how to work basic computer programmed such as Microsoft Word, not everyone is privy to some of the more professional software available. Sure, we may all play around with Adobe Photoshop to enhance a photograph or do a little doodle, but there are a lot of features available that we don't know how to utilise properly.

The Fashion and Textile Museum are offering you the opportunity to learn through a number of Computer Design Courses. These beginner/intermediate level courses will teach fashion and textile designers how to use Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. You can choose between a three-day introduction course or a three/six-week evening course. It costs £200 for a place, but if you book before 10th January, there is a £40 discount.

With Illustrator, you will learn how to make motifs using shape and pen tools, repetitive patterns, develop intricate designs, add text and colour swatches, and applying the designs to garments.

With Photoshop, you will learn how to fill hand-drawn pictures with colour, add fabric and textures, play with light and shadow, and create a photomontage.

With InDesign, you will learn how to make posters, stationary, and magazine spreads.


Illustrator - 8th - 10th Jan, 10.30am–4pm
Illustrator - 12th February - 19th March, 6.30pm-9pm
Photoshop - 13th February – 20th March, 6.30pm–9pm
InDesign - 1st – 15th March, 10.30am–4pm
Photoshop - 8th-22nd April, 6pm-9pm
Illustrator - 9th April - 14th May, 6.30pm-9.30pm


Repeat Patterns with Illustrator - 4th-6th March, 10.30am–4.30pm
Repeat Patterns with Photoshop - 1st-3rd April, 10.30am–4.30pm
Repeat Patterns with Illustrator - 26th April – 10th May, 10.30am–4pm
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Why? Learn a new skill
When: 8th Jan - 10th May
Phone: 020 7407 8664
Where: Fashion & Textile Museum
Cost: £200
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