Introduction to Apparel course: Geometry of Form

Introduction to Apparel: Geometry of Form

Clothing spans history as both a function of life and cultural identity. In this course, students are introduced to the fundamental techniques of garment design and construction by first referencing the history of dress. Basic geometric shapes (rectangles, squares, circles and triangles) serve as guides throughout the course as students explore experimental draping on the dress form. Development of strong personal concepts through weekly critiques and discussions allows students to build a comprehensive sketchbook/scrapbook, and to create a working sample collection of construction techniques that support ideas. An in-depth look at materials, and introduction to embellishment and fabric manipulation techniques, along with access to sewing machines provide a comprehensive experience in creative fashion design. The culmination of coursework provides students with the fabrication of a small collection of innovative garments that can inform future designs. Students are given the opportunity to coordinate and display their work as part of the program fashion show, held on the evening of the last class.

Course #1307
Anne Emlein

Schedule B
June 27–Aug 2, 2019
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/4)

Tuition $2,975
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380

3 Credits


Anne Emlein

Anne Emlein: MFA, Textiles, RISD; BFA, Textiles, California College of Arts and Crafts. Emlein teaches machine knitting, textiles for apparel, and fine arts textile courses in the Textile Department at RISD. She has exhibited her knitwear, apparel and fine arts work throughout the country.