Design Museum Academy Adult Workshop

Workshop: Fashion Sketching and Mask Making

Join this creative session to explore the design process by investigating a fashion icon’s practice through mask making and drawing.

What to expect

The legacy of Leigh Bowery, performance artist and fashion muse extraordinaire, will be explored, as well how character can be conveyed through design. Participants are encouraged to look at Leigh’s work, respond to art inspired by their practice in a guided visit to REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion, and make unique mask creations.

In the afternoon session, the outcomes will then be styled as masks or accessories featured on a model in a SketchSesh boudoir life drawing session as focal points for an immersive creative experience, addressing illustration and its relationship with make-up and queerness.


– The workshop includes a visit to REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion sponsored by Alexander McQueen with James Davison.
– This workshop is open to anyone with an interest in fashion design and drawing.
– No experience is necessary.
– All materials and light refreshments will be provided for the duration of the workshop.

These images show the work of Middlesex Fashion BA students © James Davison/SketchSesh


James Davison at SketchSesh

SketchSesh is East London’s collaborative life-drawing project started in 2016 by artists Simon Gray & James Davison in the basement of East London’s queer cabaret pub, The Glory. SketchSesh works with artists and designers to realise unique immersive drawing installations. Sessions have been held at the National Gallery and regularly feature in fashion and art press.

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Booking information

Adult: £90
Student: £82
Members*: £75

Early bird adult: £82
Early bird Student: £75

Early bird tickets until 22 September.

*Please note that this benefit only applies to the cardholding Member’s ticket and not those of additional guests. 

This workshop is for adults 18+ 

Check out the Design Museum Academy refunds and cancellations policy here.

Related exhibition

REBEL: 30 Years of London Fashion

Sponsored by Alexander McQueen. How does London repeatedly set the creative agenda? Find out in this major exhibition celebrating the city's leading role in global fashion. In collaboration with the British Fashion Council (BFC), it celebrates the 30th anniversary of the BFC’s NEWGEN programme.

Background image by SketchSesh © James Davison