Fashion Antidote

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Fashion Antidote was established in 2008. We are an independent Fashion School in East London dedicated to teaching fashion and fashion related subjects through our comprehensive practical and technical skills training. All levels are catered for whether you are an absolute beginner just wanting to learn to sew or you wish to launch a career in fashion or set up a fashion business - we have courses for you.

Running throughout weekdays, evenings and weekends, courses are flexible and fit any schedule. A typical class at Fashion Antidote consists of between 4 - 8 students. This enables us to offer hands-on tuition from expert tutors. We offer one to one support to help build confidence and develop your skills to progress from beginners to intermediate and on to advanced levels. All classes are packed with know-how and designed for students to reach a level of excellence in a short space of time which makes them real value for money. This sets us apart from most other fashion schools and sewing cafes. At Fashion Antidote we walk the extra mile and teach you all the tips and tricks of the trade so you come away with the best possible technical and practical understanding of the subject matter.

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Our Background

Susan Backhouse is the founder of Fashion Antidote. An acclaimed fashion designer, consultant, retailer and businesswoman, Over the past 30 years she has also worked extensively in education, as a tutor, university lecturer and course manager, teaching at a number of universities. Her extensive experience in education combined with her experience within the Fashion Industry has given Susan the knowledge, skills, inspiration and incentive to set up Fashion Antidote. Having experienced all levels of the fashion industry Susan wanted to offer an “Antidote” to address the skills gap in the industry, and offer alternative fashion education and a new route to employment.

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Subject Strengths

Here are a selection of courses we offer:

  • Professional Garment Construction Stages 1 –4
  • 1 Week Intensive Garment Construction
  • Professional Pattern Cutting Stages 1 - 5
  • 1 Week Intensive Professional Pattern Cutting Skills
  • 1 Week Intensive Menswear Pattern Cutting – The Shirt and Trouser
  • Bespoke Jacket Pattern Cutting
  • Learn to sew
  • How To Use A Sewing Machine
  • Complete Home Dressmaking Course
  • Fabric knowledge - How to Choose Fabrics
  • How To Alter Clothes
  • Garment Making
  • Bag Making
  • Couture Sewing Techniques – Stage 1 - 3
  • Beginners Fashion Design Sketchbook
  • Fashion Design
  • Intermediate Specification Drawing for Fashion
  • Fashion Drawing
  • Using Illustrator for Fashion Design – Beginners Stage 1
  • Using Illustrator for Fashion Design – Beginners Stage 2 -The Tech Pack
  • How to Set up and Run a Fashion Business
  • Fashion Courses for Teens Stages 1 - 3

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Our Tutors

Fashion Antidote offers quality tuition from highly experienced tutors from academic or fashion industry backgrounds. Our tutors range from practising designers with their own labels, illustrators and seasoned lecturers from top colleges and universities in and around London. Our tutors are all experts in their field and we consider them and the level of their skills to be one of our greatest assets.

Our Students

Our courses attract a wide range of students of all ages and backgrounds. Here is a typical cross section of student profiles:

Home Dressmakers: Our students include absolute beginner’s interested in home dressmaking and learning to sew as a new hobby or to save money by making or altering their clothes as well as those who wish to sew to perfection and achieve a perfect fit and a professional finish to their Home Dress Making projects.

Career changers: Our courses are perfect for those looking for a change of career wishing to gain creative Fashion Drawing and Fashion Design skills and technical skills such as Professional Garment Construction and Pattern Cutting and explore their potential to get into the fashion industry or set up a Fashion Business. We have supported hundreds of students and successfully prepared them for work in the industry or helped them set up their own businesses.

Those Seeking an Alternative to University: Fashion Antidote is the one-stop-shop for anyone looking for an alternative to University Education with flexible modules that can be booked individually to cover a wide range of creative and technical knowledge and skills such as Garment Construction and Pattern Cutting.

Fashion Professionals: We also attract fashion professionals, those already in the industry looking to build their skills and knowledge to enhance their careers. Courses such as Garment Construction and Pattern Cutting as well as Using Adobe Illustrator for Fashion Design and Fashion Portfolio Career Workshops.

Fashion Students looking for Garment Making and Pattern Cutting courses and additional tuition to support their studies and maybe work One to One with an expert. We have helped many degree students who have been struggling with course work. We supported them with additional tuition and guidance to enable them to go on to graduate successfully.

Fashion Graduates looking to gain proficiency to increase their employability will also will find experts here to help them.

We currently train Junior Designers and Garment Technologists for ASOS to update their Pattern Cutting and Fitting skills.

We are often described as the best kept secret by many who have learned at our studio.

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The address is unit F 23 Heneage Street E15LJ. We are on the left of the street through a gap in the houses at 21 and 25. Go through the gates and up the right hand staircase.

The nearest stations are either Aldgate East [Whitechapel gallery Exit ]or Liverpool Street;

Aldgate East [Whitechapel gallery Exit] - Take the Hammersmith and City line from Liverpool Street station east bound to Aldgate East. Come out of the station turn left and then left at the first turning. Walk up and Heneage Street is on the right 5 mins walk

Liverpool Street Station - Come out at the Bishopsgate exit, cross the road and walk left. Bear right down the road next to the Dirty Dicks pub, on the same road as Nandos. Keep walking through Artillery Row, cross over Commercial Street, and walk through Fashion Street, then you will be on Brick lane. Turn left and Heneage Street is immediately on the right. 

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Student story

Cherry – 21

Courses: Professional Garment Construction, Professional Pattern Cutting and Fabric Knowledge

Cherry’s story

Cherry was debating whether to go to University to study Fashion, but felt what she was really interested in was a thorough technical training rather than designing. When she found us, she chose to do all of our professional Garment Construction and Pattern Cutting classes. She really focussed on building up her skills instead of investing in a 3 year degree. Cherry proved to be one of our hardest working and accomplished students, and achieved a work placement at Julien Macdonald, working on their collection for Fashion Week, after they contacted us looking for skilled interns. Cherry impressed the team at Julien Macdonald so much she was asked to stay, and is currently a seamstress with the studio.

Cherry says:
“I would thoroughly recommend Fashion Antidote to anybody thinking of learning to sew and to anybody, like myself, who isn't a beginner but wants to further their knowledge. All the courses I did here I absolutely loved, they taught me so much. The tutors really know their stuff and are extremely patient when it comes to demonstrating and teaching different skills. There is an equal balance of one-on-one teaching and group sessions, which makes it perfect for asking about any techniques you struggle with personally and for learning new things together. It's thanks to Fashion Antidote that I am now working as an assistant seamstress in a designer fashion house, so I couldn't speak more highly of everyone there.”

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Contact details

Fashion Antidote
Unit F,
23 Heneage Street London,

Phone: 0207 375 3235
Mobile: 0798 574 8091