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The Design Process is a “Personal System” that a designer uses to take an idea… or rather a notion, and turn it into a well thought out design. Have you ever seen a design and wondered “how did they come up with that”? Many people often believe that great design just happens and that the designer is just “blessed”.
People tend to think that everything a good designer touches turns into something amazing. This is not true for any designer. There is a good chance that all great designs are created by designers who have developed and refined their own personal design process. They have found the method of developing their inspiration, ideas, and talents towards great design.

One of my personal favorite designers is Aitor Throup. He is a great designer, to demonstrate a unique design process. His fascination with form, Bodies in Motion, and make believe characters, inspire him. His design process is both unique and effective for him.

“The ‘tops’ (shirts, jackets, coats etc. ) I create are all cut from a pattern/block developed from my own sculptural pattern cutting process. First, I design a character in a specific pose; then, I create a miniature sculpture of the character, which I then cover in fabric, allowing the darts and seams to be dictated by the structure itself. So, all my shirts, jackets etc. look like generic garments at first, but on closer inspection, their construction lines are all equally distorted and seemingly misplaced.” – Aitor Throup

Many designers take fabric and start draping on a dress form or take a basic pattern block and begin changing and adding to the basic garment shape. We all have to admit that this a common practice and often produces pieces that we all have see in one form or another. I believe often times what hasn’t been done prior to this draping and patternmaking is the research and design development beforehand, often which has absolutely nothing to do with a Garment or even fashion sometimes.
For instance if you look at Aitor’s work… where is the fashion in imagining characters, making playdoh sculptures, folding paper people, or simply drawing the shape and movement of bodies? There is none …at least not in the beginning… only in the end can the fashion be found. So many times in or own creativity we start at the end and not the beginning…
More to come!!!
Meanwhile check out How to Fashion Design, and Google Aitor Throup, Aitor’s Design Process, it is so innovative and it gives him a distinct and original look to his designs.
Have a look at his work… and projects

Having a deep desire to become a Fashion Designer, Bob Martin, moved to London, England to attend American InterContinental University. He won various award and graduated Valedictorian of his class, among talented classmates such as Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway. Though he has worked for designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Michael Azu, and Edward Griffiths and designed for theater and films such as Tim Burton’s “Sweeney Todd” and “Batman Dark Knight”, it was his time at AIU in which he developed a passion for relating to students and awaking the Designer in others

His time working with and helping students in workshops sparked his interest in teaching and mentoring. With a strong passion to see the very best come out in people and with his team at KKC Enterprise, he created “How to Fashion Design with Bob Martin”, an interactive program for people of all ages who are serious or even just curious about Becoming a Fashion Designer. Check out his site for more information and keep an eye out for more of his amazing upcoming blogs!


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    May 14, 2010, 08.33 PMby gedwoods

    This guy is awesome! I love what he’s done to trousers… I started experimenting with trousers myself, and feel encouraged to continue the experimentation now having seen what he’s done with them. And with my other experiments in clothing… Brilliant work, very inspirational. His use of video is also really interesting. Thanks for bringing this case forward!

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    May 14, 2010, 05.59 PMby ichigogirl

    I have to agree with NYstyle, wow! I had a look at his website, such an inspiring artist! I especially liked the video with all his different trousers, super-cool! Thanks for tipping us off!

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    May 14, 2010, 03.07 PMby nystyle

    Wow! I never knew designers used such methods to develop clothing. So all along I might have been wearing someones imaginary friend or playdoh character….lol. This is a really interesting insight into a designers world. No wonder they say inspiration is everywhere, literally it is. This really peaks my interest into what would inspire me enough to influence clothes I made??

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