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Advanced Fashion Design course at Fashion Institute of the Philippines: How was it?

I took up Advanced Fashion Design course at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines right after I was done with the Basic Pattern-making classes. I enrolled in two more courses so I was going to school thrice a week from May to June 2014. I’ll discuss them later.

Our instructor for this course was Oz Go, he is the brother of Rachelle Ann Go (a Filipina singer who is now even more famous as Gigi of Miss Saigon). He has a great talent for designing clothes and creating fashion illustrations.

This course was more focused on fashion illustrations and creating a presentable fashion portfolio. In my Basic Fashion Design post, I have listed several items that I was expecting to be discussed:

  1. drawing and rendering fabrics
  2. creases on clothing
  3. showing movements in sketches
  4. more about fabric and textiles and garment construction

We only focused on items 1 and 3. I guess you don’t really need creases in fashion drawings. For item number 4, it’s more on experimentation. You can’t learn everything at once since there are a lot of available fabrics out there. Oz said to just do some research and experiment, like he does. I can compare this with systems development. In school they don’t teach you how to create the whole system, just the  basic syntax that make up the entire thing. It is up to you how you’ll be able to apply logic to make things work. In fashion, I just have to be more creative and bold, and learn to explore other kinds of fabrics. It’s a trial and error thing.

Oz also taught us to create an even better fashion figure. I must say, my drawing vastly improved. Aside from watercolor that we used in Basic Fashion, we also used colored pencils, markers and poster paint to render our illustrations. I have a lot of Copic Sketch markers so it made rendering illustrations more fun :D However, the paper we were asked to use was a watercolor paper. It’s is not an ideal paper for markers because the paper absorbs a lot of the ink. It’s such a waste.

art materials used

My brain got curious again so there was a day when I asked Oz if he’ll be teaching several fashion techniques, and not just in illustration but on the actual fabric. Good thing he was about to discuss them the next meeting. I was just too excited that’s why I asked too soon haha. Here are the techniques he demonstrated using a Muslin fabric:

  • pin tucks
  • cuttings
  • piping
  • quilting
  • 3D
  • draping on flat fabric

I know there must be something more than these but no other techniques were taught :( So I guess it’s time to do my research.

For our project, we had to make another portfolio which would include a mood board, collection description, six rendered illustrations, fabric samples and technical drawings. But prior to submitting the portfolio, rough sketches must be approved by Oz to make sure that all garments are cohesive. I chose peacock as my inspiration because of its vibrant colors and its lovely tail. Not all of my rough sketches were approved but at least I did not have to draw tons of ideas, because I only need six :D

As for the technical drawings, they were not explained in detail. Oz said that technical drawings should not be in color, no female form, and should have details included (what kind of fashion techniques, styles, etc). Several sample portfolios were shown. But I had to research more about technical flats so I could fully understand how to do it. In my opinion, using an Illustrator is better. I tried it. I only watched a few tutorials and practiced using Illustrator to get the hang of it :)


So how was it?

Oz is a very approachable person and a very nice teacher. He explains everything clearly and demonstrates helpful techniques in illustration. And he doesn’t mind if I ask any question related to fashion. He answers them all. He just tends to be forgetful at times (forgot that he gave us assignments or what topics were already discussed). Maybe because of his busy schedule (aside from teaching in FIP ortigas and Makati, and creating garments for his sister and clients, he’s also a professor in FEU). I think he needs to have a solid curriculum to follow just to make sure that nothing will be forgotten :) But I like him! I definitely learned a lot from him.

But about the course, I still feel I need to learn more. More about fashion techniques, perhaps? Maybe look at today’s fashion trends and analyze the techniques used in the garments. That would be a challenge.

Like the Basic Pattern-making, I also enjoyed this one :) Just seeing the improvement in my sketches proved that I did not waste my Php11,500.

By the way, here’s the collection I created in my portfolio:

peacock collection


  1. Lala Monteagudo

    I somehow have an idea already on how to draw (atleast above average, I can say). Will you recommend to enroll in Basic Pattern Making instead of Basic Fashion Designing?

    1. Julianne Author

      Hi Lala! Thank you for visiting my blog :)

      If you want to make your own clothes (or someone else’s) from scratch, I suggest you take Pattern Making. In the basic course, you will learn how to create basic patterns of skirts and bodice.

      In Basic Fashion design, if you know how to draw this course might bore you. You might wanna read my post to know more:

        1. Julianne Author

          Good choice!

          Yes, you must take the basic sewing course if you want to learn how to sew. If you already own a sewing machine, you can learn on your own :)

          You may also want to check courses at It has a lot of great sewing and pattern making courses.


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