The first year provides students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the fashion industry. Recognizing trends and being able to translate them into creative sketches and designs, then into technical and detailed drawings is the emphasis of the first year. These skills will be put into practice through the production of a collection at the end of the year.
A pattern maker/draper specializes in the technical side of any fashion business, in the clothing industry, film industry, television media or theatre respectively. The training at ESMOD schools covers the two principal methods of pattern making- flat pattern making as well as modeling directly onto the Lavigne Bust (draping).