Adult workshop Design Museum Academy

Fashion and Surrealism: Draping Masterclass

Immerse yourself in the world of Haute Couture through this dynamic one-day draping masterclass which focuses on the playful and often unexpected detailing of Surrealist fashion.

What to expect

Taking inspiration from the dramatic silhouettes and cutting techniques of Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf, key skills and techniques will be demonstrated before participants create their own fully draped version of an iconic blouse from the Winter 2013 collection under the expert guidance of Tim O’Sullivan. This dynamic hands-on workshop introduces participants to the techniques of modelling on the stand to develop 3D garment ideas.

Participants will be introduced to the key players of Surrealism and their enduring influence on contemporary design before embarking on their own journey of discovery in creating a fully draped garment on the mannequin.

This workshop is suitable all levels including beginners.

All materials and light refreshments will be provided.

Workshop overview

· Introduction to Surrealism in fashion and its influence on contemporary design.

· Preparing the mannequin, fabric, and demonstration of basic drape techniques.

· Freehand exploratory draping and design development.

· Drafting a basic sleeve before adding volume.

· Refinement of design before transferring to a paper pattern.

· One to one tutorial guidance throughout.


Tim O'Sullivan

O’Sullivan is a Creative Pattern Cutter and Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design. A graduate of the University of Westminster, and with over 25 years’ experience in the fashion industry, his creative output encompasses every genre of fashion from tailoring to high glamour and has featured in British and Italian Vogue, on the Oscars Red Carpet and the catwalks of London, Milan and New York.

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Booking information

Adult: £90
Early bird adult: £82
Student: £82
Early bird student: £75
Members: £75
Early bird members: £68

10% early bird up to Sunday 23 October.

Capacity is limited, please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

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