Fashion, Textiles and 3D Design

382 TUTOR: Laura Rothenburg

What happens when you combine fashion with textiles? An explosion of colour and techniques. In this unique course, you will develop your own fashion design and use sewing machines and hand stitching skills to attach textile details. You will manipulate the fabrics into 3D form, using soft sculpting or piecing to bring your ideas to life. There will also be a chance to use piping, Italian quilting, patchwork, pleating and more to create a fashion piece ready for the catwalk.

3 AM
AM course

Course Notes

This course offers a student the insight into the world of fashion, a starting point to creating a portfolio of ideas and designs to enhance entry to an Art School if one desires.

The ever-changing world of classic to outrageous designs in 'Ready to Wear' fashion from the runways of New York, Tokyo, Moscow and London have an exuberant range of designers. Such as Noa Raviv, Babette Sperling, Laura Baruel, Iris Van Herpen and so many more creating extreme but amazing 3D designs for fashion.

Students will learn to adapt a range of textile techniques and 3D form by manipulation of fabric into a structural form, the student will apply the methods to their final idea thus creating an amazing fashion garment unique and original in their style.

All materials will be provided for exploration.

Depending on time and skills of students there maybe added resources such as colour, however most designs will be made with natural calico fabric.


  • Introduction of course, what will be learnt
  • Learning to use a sewing machine
  • Starting to develop samples of textiles
  • Techniques: Piping, Italian Quilting, Crazy Patchwork


  • Complete samples
  • Techniques: Original Patchwork, Pleating, Suffolk Puffs
  • Fashion Video on designers
  • Power point on fashion ideas
  • Create a mood board on samples and style of garment
  • Discussion on how to adapt samples into a fashion item


  • Learn to drape fabric onto mannequin
  • Designing Ideas into reality
  • Cutting out and manipulating the fabric into design


  • Sewing all parts of fabric together
  • Making alterations


  • Continue sewing fashion idea to completion
  • Constructed feedback on project
  • Photoshoot in grounds of Marlborough College

Course Tutor

Laura Rothenburg

About Laura

Laura has a passion for design and detail through creative processes in screen printing and painting. She began her career in 1984 working with textiles as a surface designer developing exquisite fabrics based on flowers using modern practises for the fashion industry. Laura went on to design collections in the fashion world, working in couture, pret a porte, developing story boards and forecasting colours whilst furthering her career within the industry. Laura's degree in interior textiles led her to working mainly in the American market designing carpets, wallpapers and furnishings. It also broadened her knowledge and equipped her to further in her desire to impart her love of all things to do with Art and Design to others. Her love of fabrics has always been at the forefront of her passion whether working for the fashion industry or interiors in Israel, USA, and Canada. Laura believes in the education of creative arts for children and adults and with over 25 years of experience in teaching she has been privileged to work and teach in art & design, with a qualification of a PGCE for secondary schools and FE colleges mainly in England. Her pathways to success compliment her values in education as shown in her flexibility when teaching her chosen subjects of fashion, textiles, art & design and 3D design. Her qualifications have guided students to achieve A Levels, Foundation courses and entrance to universities. She is fully committed to a flexible approach in learning and encourages the learner to achieve beyond their boundaries of exploration. Laura continually updates her knowledge by attending workshops and art residencies both here and aboard. Renovating properties is another passion.

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All courses run for 5 days

WK 1 8 Jul - 12 Jul

WK 2 15 Jul - 19 Jul

WK 3 22 Jul - 26 Jul

WK 4 29 Jul - 2 Aug

Morning Courses

9.15AM to 12.15PM

Afternoon Courses

1.45PM to 4.30PM

All Day Courses

9.15AM to 4.30PM