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What Does it Take to Be A Fashion Designer?

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Click for more: http://ww2.kqed.org/artschool/ Oakland high school student Zachary Fernandez made it to the finals on the first season of Project Runway Junior, then headed straight back to Oakland School of the Arts to continue his education as a designer. His newest collection, Kathmandu, was inspired by recovery efforts in Nepal after the devastating 2015 earthquake. Art School followed Fernandez's process as he sketched, sourced fabric, and designed his new project, revealed at a culminating fashion show in spring 2016. Hi, my name is Zachary Fernandez and I'm currently a fashion student. So I am starting my Kathmandu 2016 collection. My collection's gonna be debuting at my school fashion show, and so I have little under seven weeks to get this all put together. So our school assignment was to pick a city that we wanted to be inspired by for this collection. I ended with Kathmandu, Nepal, all of the trouble that they went through last year was really inspiring and I was able to take those ideas of imbalance and the destruction of culture and apply that to this new collection. These are the pieces that I ended up designing. They're ever-changing and they kind of just are always in flux. My sketching process involves a lot of images, a lot of mixed medias, I like to do collages, watercolors, acrylic paste, it's a real reflection of what my mind looks like. Here you have the final sketches that I've done. The sketching process for me is really a major step between just ideas and kind of this fantasy world that I've created in my mind to really functional wearable pieces. Fabric sourcing is one of my favorite things to do. It's really like a group activity, like meet a couple of friends, we'll just go, we'll explore the city, we'll get inspiration. So I'm looking for like a very pale blue that's almost like very silverish, and then I'm gonna be looking for a very deep, rust orange color. Okay, so I need to find this, but more grayish blue. The fabric store is one of those places that you go in with one idea and one concept and one thought, and you come out with like 500 more. This is it. - This is it! - This is it. - [Girl] Dude! - Hey! Yes! So I spend the majority of my time draping and it's definitely a part that will make or break a piece. I take a piece of muslin, which is just a really basic blend fabric, and I started sculpting it to the dress form. And then those mock-ups that I make of the dress form are then fitted to the model, and sometimes I try them on a model, I'm like, this is hideous, I don't know why, it just overpowers her or something happens and that leads to even better ideas and even more just, creativeness. When you design while you create, I just think it takes so much longer and you like pressure yourself so much more. So, my design mind is turned off. And it's just about sewing, and sewing, and sewing, and sewing, and sewing. So after I finish draping, I take a part of that mockup and I totally seam rip it and I re-pattern it, and then I cut out of my real fabric. It's always really nerve-wracking 'cause a lot of times the fabric's all that you have, either the budget doesn't allow for you to get more fabric, or there's simply not anymore left. It has this like box-like structure in it. The box is actually lined with horse-hair so that it can kind of take the shape and that's why I'm kind of trying to like manipulate it right now 'cause it just takes on whatever shape you really need it to. The show, oh the show. Six days, and I'm still cutting up fabric like, I don't think that's normal. There's always going to be that last minute hurry up and finish like state of being. I have a picture in my mind about how this is supposed to go, but who knows if it actually go that way. I think that there can be a lot of different ways to read the look. Obviously you look for like the main things like color, silhouette, is this an evening piece, is this a day piece and you just kind of put the garment and choose certain categories and that really helps people read fashion out, by the time the piece is on the runway I'm already thinking about a whole new collection and I'm really thinking something totally different, but it doesn't really hit me that these people, for them it's the first time that they've seen this. I've spent months and months planning and sketching and putting it together. If I see all these different things in these pieces, but no one else does, then it's kind of sad, but then it's also part of what makes fashion art, is because people see it in so many different ways. We are in my home, studio, bedroom combination in Berkeley, California. I have this look from Project Runway Junior, which was the first episode, and this look for my most recent collection. They really mean a lot to me 'cause they show how much progress I've made within the last four, five months.
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that was amazing to watch I really enjoyed watching this video
Charlotte Pinkerton (4 days ago)
I feel bad cause his designs were great but those models in the show really didn’t know how to walk
FMO Nemesis (4 days ago)
Cool, I’m from Nepal
First sign that a “fashion designer” doesn’t understand fashion, design, or industry is thinking that fashion is art. It’s foolish and dreamy and blind from what fashion actually is.
Amyrosabell Windy (10 days ago)
wow, his stuff looks better to me than the stuff I see some experts make. *I'm not an expert btw this is just my opinion
pearls shell (10 days ago)
Is that the guy from project runway junior lmao?
- rainbowine - (11 days ago)
The fact that he has a collection just shows how successful he is omg.
AustinPlaysSomeGames (14 days ago)
My parents hate my career choice cause I’m a guy but fuck if I have good ideas
FluffyCloud (15 days ago)
Hey, is it possible to only design and maybe have a team to sew, measure, cut, etc? Or are those required for the career? I’ve found that I’m talented in design and drawing it out and planning it, but not at all in the ‘putting it together phase’
Kalisha Daley (17 days ago)
This is so beautiful and creative 😍
Atila Fausto (19 days ago)
I love it. Simply amazing! <3 Just for the record... who would be that handsome guy at 5:17? lol
Marce Doromal (23 days ago)
I want to be a fashion designer but i dont know how to sew dresses I have no interest in sewing fabrics
Rajesh Kumar Malawat (27 days ago)
I am 13 and I also want to become a fashion designer in the future
sweety angel (1 month ago)
I interested at fashion design so how I became a designer plz tell me
Ellie Drake (1 month ago)
ive always wanted to be a fashion designer... ive designed 16 outfits
gilbert pilon (1 month ago)
Fashion designing in kids and in girls and inguys
Amit Kumar Gehlot (1 month ago)
There is nothing wrong in finding inspiration in destruction however talking about is so insensitivity is very inhuman.
Quedding Val (1 month ago)
I have my sketches and design too, but the problem i dont know how to start a business in making dress and gowns😔😖
Gayathri Murugan (1 month ago)
후 그유ƙųƖąŋı (1 month ago)
Yeah I'm gonna study, I just wanted some unique art in what I wear and now I want the whole world to count on it. Very inspirational and these designs are awesome I wish I could pull that through.
Ary Hidalgo (1 month ago)
zachary joined project runway right omg
Mozzzagirl Xo (1 month ago)
I’m a BA fashion student and finish my third and final year in may. I’m so impressed with how quick and amazing he works! He is incredibly advanced.
Akashi Rose (1 month ago)
If u wanna be a good designer I think we should bought some fashion magazine to read about how the fashion going!The most important is u need to have creative mind and learn to know the colours beauty.But first!You have to know how to draw body and search for fabric and learn about them! My grammar sucks bc I still a kid haha 😂
Rosenavi Khatri (1 month ago)
Love from Nepal 🇳🇵
Andini chesilya (1 month ago)
Check this out If interest tutorial of 3d modeling.. Easy to learned https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCECfmn7m7vLGnNj5sIPbg1A
She is determined and optimistic.
Leopard Kind (1 month ago)
Great blessings to you my friend. I am a Fashion design student from NYC myself, it's not that easy.
I literally liked this video on all of my google accounts...something is wrong with me.
Juicy Love (1 month ago)
I'm more of a i will sketch and you make it type but I'm still teaching myself how to sew and learn how to really put a garmet together. Will be taking a sewing class soon. Bye.
well (1 month ago)
i want to be a fashion designer cause i find the sheiks process and designing of fashion pieces so fascinating but the only problem is.... i’m not creative enough to come up with my own ideas
Glamorously_ Awkward (2 months ago)
As soon as the video came on I was like HE'S FROM PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR 😮😭
Sharlamazing (2 months ago)
Im a fashion designer
bel pet (2 months ago)
Is that a dress with pockets?
juli (2 months ago)
Isabella Williams (2 months ago)
We watched him on project runway in 7th grade clothing class
APRIL BLOSSOM (2 months ago)
Hi everyone! My name is KHUSHI. I'm an indain. I'm 13 and I wanna become world best fashion designer. I sketch dress designs. I wanted to ask when I'll get in to professional corier of fashion designing in future ,do I just have to sketch dresses and someone else will stitch it or I have to stitch it myself?
Xia Martin (2 months ago)
earthquake = the destruction of culture? wtf....
Elena g'M (2 months ago)
I know exactly where he got the templates for the models figure haha
Marlyn Felincia (2 months ago)
i just really hate how people say they can't be designer just because they can't draw.. like bruh, you can work hard and practice your drawing. As long as you have the creativity and passion, just go for it.
Lydia Montes de oca (2 months ago)
Marlyn Felincia Ik you can literally have an sketch of a crappy drawing but you can still understand your design
Helen Neofitou (2 months ago)
Hi I loved your video..
bole sivaparvathi (2 months ago)
Muskan Lama (2 months ago)
I'm from Kathmandu, Nepal And i love the way how he represented it i love it it's really deep
Lay Magic (2 months ago)
Hi, can you tell me where do you order slopers? I had them in school but since i graduated it's not where to be found.
Samuel deFraca (2 months ago)
I am from Nepal and am soooooooo happy!😻
Casimir Paquet (2 months ago)
Being gay and snob is also recommended
Sunita Poudel (2 months ago)
Hello I'm from Chitwan nepal & I'm interested in fashion design so how can appy for the study forgen country?
Lucia Doylend (2 months ago)
I have this thing that certain noises really annoy me (usually quite random noises) and his voice kinda irks me. It’s a shame because I couldn’t watch the entire video ☹️
amina graciana SURETA (2 months ago)
Yo Kristen I know that u posted this
jan blanc (2 months ago)
dang. i just started using a sewing machine today and i turned my dads old big shirt into a shirt dress and it was very decent lol. i think ik what to be now when i grow up. thx for this video! (im at a very young age so i still have a long way to go with drawing lol)
Diogo de Sousa (2 months ago)
La mode n'est pas en Californie. Si vous voulez apprendre la mode, venez en Europe en Italie ou en France. Je vois le potentiel en elle, mais la qualité des tissus est une misère complète...Oh, mon Dieu.
Ayushi Kulshrestha (3 months ago)
I have my soo many sketches based on different cultures of India. I have soo many designs to participate in a fashion show, but i am persuing engineering and could not attend any fashion class. so how i could i participate in a fashion show can uh pls tell me ?
Ayushi Kulshrestha (3 months ago)
I have my soo many sketches based on different cultures of India. I have soo many designs to participate in a fashion show, but i am persuing engineering and could not attend any fashion class. so how i could i participate in a fashion show can uh pls tell me ?
Ayushi Kulshrestha (3 months ago)
I have my soo many sketches based on different cultures of India. I have soo many designs to participate in a fashion show, but i am persuing engineering and could not attend any fashion class. so how i could i participate in a fashion show can uh pls tell me ?
qyle rpd (3 months ago)
What apps do you use in fashion design?
Sofea Richie LGBT (3 months ago)
As a fashion designer and a ceo.I can relate to her so much I always havs that emergency touch to the clothes that i make and its really frustrating cuz I really want it to look good after working on it for months
Iam Tzi (3 months ago)
I wamma be a fashion designer but damn i dont wanna sew
Kumar prince (3 months ago)
I also wanna become a designer because I think that I will it well
Stella Hill (3 months ago)
Sourabh Gujjar (3 months ago)
I am Indian and my dream make a best fashion designer but I am only 11 standard but my only one goal that is fashion designer only fashion designer and your video is very helpful for me thankuuu dear and your collection is veyyy fabuuu👗👗👗👌👌👌👌👌👍👍
risaee (3 months ago)
its good to know what you wanna do at such a young age !! i hope you will achieve your goal one day 💗
eyadamo silimato (3 months ago)
Damn , one of the most hideous dresses Ive seem
The BANKS Family (3 months ago)
very inspiring
FALLEN STAR (3 months ago)
it’s a guy?
ss secrets (3 months ago)
I'll wait for your reply
ss secrets (3 months ago)
How can I talk to you ??
Elmo Scotch (3 months ago)
This is my dream major.
luna (3 months ago)
He hasn’t even seen people wear or be inspired by the “art” he’s created yet he’s already moving on. Makes me wonder if he’s learning through the experience or just buying and stitching without be gratefull with the nature around him
Minute2Minute Fashion (3 months ago)
Very creative
daily Sunday (3 months ago)
You are boy or girl
Summer Ci (3 months ago)
IDK,first I wanna be an astronomer, cause I love celestial bodies, etc. But something came up to my mind. It all started with knitting and crochet, I started sketching. But when I tell people that I started to like fashion designing, they were like " I thought you wanted to be a Doctor or an astronomer" and " I never thought you would want that cause you're like a tomboy"
Acharya Bandana (3 months ago)
it was wonderful to choose Nepal... your work is fabulous. tons of love from Nepal....
•KimEun Ah• (3 months ago)
I love you already! I would love to enter the fashion industry but I need to get rid of this laziness =_= can someone give me tips?
Yara Ezwai (3 months ago)
Is it alright to enter fashion design with no knowledge of it at all? I need advice bc I literally do not know a thing.
Ani b (4 months ago)
im planning om being a fashion designer but im worried. how do you come up with completely new ideas of clothing..? im scared ill accidently copy someone elses designs. i have some ideas but still
ButterDatCorn (4 months ago)
Yikes. Thats a whole lotta gay I smell
Ae RandomTV (4 months ago)
Doyal Rana (4 months ago)
You're such a cutie... Love you ❤
GBoz94 (4 months ago)
"all the trauma they went through last year was really inspiring" hahah sorry babe that's a messed up sentence
Brie fly (4 months ago)
5:22 their faces, do they not approve?
Brie fly (4 months ago)
I wanna be a fashion designer but my creativity lags so much, will training help that?
Chaya Shaposhnik (4 months ago)
Do you need to sew in order to be a fashion designer?
Lydia Montes de oca (2 months ago)
I mean yes but there are other ways but the best way is to see if you want it easier just use a sewing machine
rasputia blank (4 months ago)
When you want to study fashion design but you’re too poor 😭
zbeeb G (3 months ago)
Do like me and self teach yourself, try zoe hong channel and few free online books
Mr AdrenalineRush (4 months ago)
this is my dream career😍😁
Maella Quiaroro (4 months ago)
wow! great design..love it.. I hope I could design like this someday.. I can draw but I dont know how to sew..
Yong Seon Lee (4 months ago)
As a fellow designer, I was worried about future prospects, in leaving my job and working as a freelancer. Thanks to platforms like gotalents I was able to land the jobs I needed, and found artists and brands to collaborate with. We all want to enjoy our work, and do what we love for a living. I recommend you all check out and use gotalents.net
dalim (4 months ago)
the designer seems to choose the color which fits him well
karina astria (4 months ago)
I need more videos like this
Sadi (4 months ago)
I think fashion design would be so fun to try. I want to try and make a line of modest formal wear. It's getting more difficult to find clothes that I like because now there are so many things I see in stores for girls my age that are too tight for my liking, ripped, sleeveless, see through, cropped, etc. So designing clothes to fit my style would be very nice
To all those crying out saying you can't draw. It's absolutely okay. Trust me. If you're clear about your desings and construction of the dress, you can do it. And if you're in a professional platform where it is necessary to represent the art you can hire a fashion illustrator
Priya Jagday (5 months ago)
Waao , u are really good designer. My dream also become a fashion designer
Ned K (5 months ago)
is this a girl or a guy
katherine kentjana (5 months ago)
I can draw some of my designs but sometimes i imagine something but i dont know how to draw it then i forget😭😭😭
Christina Hasan (5 months ago)
I LOVE the designs it so unique and sophisticated.😍😍😍💖💖💖👍👍👍
John Naranjo (5 months ago)
master master
huma arshan (5 months ago)
Does anyone here wants to be a fashion designer after 10 th??
Lil Cobain (5 months ago)
What material he used for the sketch?
Densoy ayop (5 months ago)
I love her style <3
Retno Susanti (5 months ago)
He or she...???? The voice sound likes girl
Just Stop (5 months ago)
This guy is amazing and truly inspiring!!!
caroline rova (5 months ago)
I wish to be one of them 😭😩❤
Sarswati Kumari (6 months ago)
Your work is amazing...👌

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