Grafton Academy of Fashion Design joins

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We are delighted to announce that the Grafton Academy of Fashion Design has joined

About Grafton Academy of Fashion Design

The Grafton Academy of Fashion Design runs full-time and part-time day and evening courses in fashion design, tailoring, dressmaking and millinery in Dublin.

Established in 1938, they were the first fashion design school in Ireland. As a result, they have a long tradition of design and tailoring. They specialise in the teaching of design, pattern cutting and garment construction.

They also have strong links with the fashion industry. Therefore, many of their graduates become designers, assistant designers and pattern cutters with major design studios and manufacturers. They work in all areas of fashion. This includes high street brands, evening, bridal, couture, lingerie and children’s as well as corporate, performance sports and menswear. Other career opportunities include fashion writing, stylist, buyer, as well as designing and making costumes for wardrobe, theatre, film, television and dance.

Many Grafton Academy of Fashion Design graduates work in design houses in Dublin, London, Paris, New York and Milan. In addition, graduates have set up companies within Ireland.


Fashion Design Diploma

This is the Grafton Academy’s professional 3-year full-time Diploma course. It offers students training for the Irish and international fashion industry. The practical and hands-on approach to learning encourages talent, but also provides order and structure. This allows students to develop as individuals, as well as acquire the skills and techniques needed for a career in fashion.

Fashion Design – 1 or 3 Month Trial Course

This intensive course is suitable for anyone who wants to gain an insight into fashion design as a career. It is also for those who simply want to design and make clothes for themselves.

Short Fashion Design Courses

These courses are excellent for anyone who wants to learn how to construct their own patterns and sew their own designs. Students can also take further modules to build up skills and techniques. Teaching is by individual attention within a classroom environment.


The Dressmaking course is for those who wish to learn how to use a commercial pattern with a fabric of their choice. Students learn how to prepare the pattern pieces, lay and cut out the fabric, tailor tack, sew, fit and finish.


This course teaches how to block and shape straws and felt hoods to create your own individual hat design. This course is suitable for beginners and more advanced students as the classes are small.

Summer Courses

The Grafton Academy offers creative summer courses in Fashion Design and Dressmaking. These are full-time or part-time during the summer for beginners or refreshers. Teaching is by individual attention within a classroom.All ages are welcome, from young to mature. No previous experience is required.

Anne Sexton

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