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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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Ani b (14 hours 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 days ago)
Yikes. Thats a whole lotta gay I smell
Alexis Angelo Galang (6 days ago)
ZACHARY!!!! PROJECT RUNWAY JUNIOR 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍
Doyal Rana (7 days ago)
You're such a cutie... Love you ❤
GBoz94 (11 days ago)
"all the trauma they went through last year was really inspiring" hahah sorry babe that's a messed up sentence
Brie fly (12 days ago)
5:22 their faces, do they not approve?
Brie fly (12 days ago)
I wanna be a fashion designer but my creativity lags so much, will training help that?
Chaya Shaposhnik (15 days ago)
Do you need to sew in order to be a fashion designer?
rasputia blank (16 days ago)
When you want to study fashion design but you’re too poor 😭
Jackie Chan151 (16 days ago)
this is my dream career😍😁
Maella Quiaroro (17 days 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 (18 days 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 (19 days ago)
the designer seems to choose the color which fits him well
karina astria (20 days ago)
I need more videos like this
Sadi (20 days 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 (1 month ago)
Waao , u are really good designer. My dream also become a fashion designer
Ned K (1 month ago)
is this a girl or a guy
katherine kentjana (1 month 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 (1 month ago)
I LOVE the designs it so unique and sophisticated.😍😍😍💖💖💖👍👍👍
John Naranjo (1 month ago)
master master
huma arshan (1 month ago)
Does anyone here wants to be a fashion designer after 10 th??
Lil Cobain (1 month ago)
What material he used for the sketch?
Densoy ayop (1 month ago)
I love her style <3
Retno Susanti (1 month ago)
He or she...???? The voice sound likes girl
Just Stop (1 month ago)
This guy is amazing and truly inspiring!!!
caroline rova (1 month ago)
I wish to be one of them 😭😩❤
Sarswati Kumari (1 month ago)
Your work is amazing...👌
Hazuken 30 (2 months ago)
Thank goodness I'm good at drawing, I want to be a fashion designer
Deepa Kumari (2 months ago)
I always wanted to become a fashion designer but unfortunately I hv done PG in commerce . I also love to draw, when ever any design comes to my mind I used to draw it
Lalicecca Pepito (2 months ago)
I want an sketchbook tour 🙃❤️ from him
yusef fromme (2 months ago)
i remember him for the teen version of project runway❤️
Anusha Singh (2 months ago)
So hideous
Bastiaan van Beek (2 months ago)
Don´t forget that you really have to know what women find attractive to men, en men to women. I know it´s maybe superficial, but human spiecies are still part of the animal world and busy with evolution, perhaps unconsciously. It´s very, very important to know what people like about other people. I think Hugo Boss with his wife and Coco Chanel are great examples of people who did it right. Also, cultural influences are ofcourse really important. If you are interested in African clothing for instance you will learn a lot. In Africa people are very in touch with nature, and combine elements of nature in what they wear. On a very high level. Good luck!
yanna macam (2 months ago)
WHAT I SAW U IN PROJECT RUNWAY
mandy hall (2 months ago)
2018????
X X (2 months ago)
trash
Lili Duarte (2 months ago)
Man ur my inspiration ☺️👍💪
khushboo khalid (2 months ago)
OMG HE WAS ON A NETLIX SERIES
Asteraus (2 months ago)
Everyone here saying they can't draw but I can't saw and can draw 😭 damn it
SHUMAILA AFROZ (2 months ago)
I luv dis video
Diminie pabo (2 months ago)
very relatable, I'm also studying fashion design and it's really upsetting when people doesn't get the meaning of my designs
Akriti Prasad (2 months ago)
I liked ur video.....but pls...u or someone else pls give me some tips on mixing shades and drawing flares and actually adding colors to design.....coz i can draw figures well with pencil ...but when it comes to colour it...i actually destroy my design. ...so...help...pls💜👗
Asmi Sayyed (2 months ago)
Soooooooooo cute.....
Rennesto Tabuso (2 months ago)
How to be a fashion designer
Muhammed Choonara (2 months ago)
Amazing designer
ali video (2 months ago)
what is the maxmimum budjet to become fashion designers
jasmin owwnzz (2 months ago)
Wow and you are so young, I love your drawings you are going to be amazing.
Nasrin Hashim (2 months ago)
What type of sketchbook did you use?
Camille Fernandez (2 months ago)
https://www.instagram.com/zachary.fernandez/
drewbrooks (2 months ago)
Is this a guy or a girl or a transgender? What is it?
The Opinionist (2 months ago)
When you want to be a fashion designer but can't sew and put materials together, rip.
ralphjohn agustin (2 months ago)
I want to be a designer but I don't have any idea what design would be in making a gown....But I have some of my design a festival design...
vanilla (2 months ago)
You're so talented!!! Congrats :)
Daisy Yoc (2 months ago)
Omg that is good
kanchan chouhan (2 months ago)
Hi, can you please suggest when do you purchase fabrics... before illustration or after you are done with illustration ....what if you dont get fabric as per your silhouette in illustration(post illustration scenario, after mood board)
nvi Sidhu (2 months ago)
how can and who can be a part of designer fashion weak .plz reply sir
Mary Joy Macato (2 months ago)
I love about fashion industry and i want to become a model someday also having a clothing line in the future. I can draw a little bit
Den Slayer (2 months ago)
Answering every question any one would ever have but mine Q: you boy or girl?
Jae Jae (3 months ago)
❤💜💙Beautiful💙💜❤
Nora Jasmine (3 months ago)
Omg I remember him from project runway
Perla Ramos (3 months ago)
U have talent i love it good job
Lifestyle With Lavinia (3 months ago)
I WISH he had a youtube channel!!
Anas Barari (3 months ago)
What kind of sewing machine was used in the video I want to know
Amy Verhoeven (3 months ago)
OMG I LOVE ZACHARY i watched project runway junior too many times :')
Asif Mughal (3 months ago)
I am embrodery sketch designer.call 00923003637165
응아니야 (3 months ago)
.....okay
love Yourself (3 months ago)
Being from Nepal and watching this makes my heart beam with happiness. I am so glad you choose Nepal. It's a beautiful country with multicultural diversity ❤️❤️ and because of you i am inspired to be a FD. HUGE LOVE FROM NEPAL
Ivy Leonard (3 months ago)
damn, i love his work
LMA TV lovemyall.com (3 months ago)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2viGoBmik4&index=2&list=LLCeRX_e-8LhC1jIAWpRKJSg&t=14s
Izzy Ranunclus (3 months ago)
I'm 14 and I really love clothes and designing things. I make little designs of my own when I have time of feel like it. And I really want to be a fashion designer 😂 But I don't really think I can, with how my school is and how low the economy? is where I live. I know it's a little chance of becoming one for me yet I really want to do this. 😂😂
BeepBop Boop (3 months ago)
He was so nervpus at the end. Very endearing.
BeepBop Boop (3 months ago)
So talented.
You are so inspirational to me!!! Great job, I’m your fan forever!!!
Official_Cover_Girl (3 months ago)
Thx so much this inspired me keep doing what your doing.
4:58 omg she looks like louisa from britains next top model
rkia joune (3 months ago)
how old are you?
beautygamer1099 (4 months ago)
I saw you on the TV it was project runway junior
All in one (4 months ago)
I want to be a fashion designer. I m 14 years old. What should I do from now to be a good fashion designer 😊😊😊😆😆😆
Mya-Shiree Ferguson (4 months ago)
Nepal was very unique instead of wow London or Italy this inspired me to become a fashion student even though i want to be an actress!
babyhols666 (4 months ago)
god those models sucked! dont put ur hands on ur hips!!!
TheStrawmyberry (4 months ago)
<3 Loved it
Frank Tumaliuan (4 months ago)
can i draw a dress for you i want to try this thing ....i want to expand my knowledge in sketching although im just a 14 years old
eliott A (4 months ago)
Is this person a guy or girl? Not trying to be mean
Esra Yuksel (4 months ago)
Bende iki tane kadın modeli elbise çizdim 😍
》Ali《 (4 months ago)
Fashion Designer 💗🙋
Naomi xo (4 months ago)
He is so creative that’s insane
Bubblegum Candy (4 months ago)
Those dresses are Beautiful
sandhya shrestha (4 months ago)
It's my dream to become a fashion designer..even I'm good at drawing..but...😫😭😭
Renel De Asis (4 months ago)
in college what course I take because I want too be a fashion designer someday
Jussil Quiin (4 months ago)
This video makes me inspire to pursue fashion designing gosh so excited 💖😅
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John Smith (4 months ago)
and somebody buy this? how do you make money! that's the big question?
La Diosa La Diosa (4 months ago)
I want to be a fashion designer,but I don’t know 🤔 how to sew .
Bryan Lowe (4 months ago)
I have a dream of becoming a actor and clothes fashion designer
Nara Cruz (1 day ago)
ok, cool!! so I'm not the only one...i thought i was being crazy wanting both.
Victoria Kolokoltsev (4 months ago)
I love the colors of the fabrics.
debby sharma (4 months ago)
The last one was my fav
doced crib (4 months ago)
he was my favoroute in project runwayjr
Nina K. Eleanya (4 months ago)
I absolutely loved this video! 💕 I’ve always wanted to become a fashion designer but have NO idea where to start. 😩

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