Clothing stands at the center of human experience in function and cultural and individual identity. In this course students broaden individual understanding of both material properties and the essential elements of fashion design. The course begins with an introduction to historical and contemporary practices in the advancement of clothing. Students then receive foundational instruction in apparel design techniques, including: design process, pattern making, draping, construction and sewing (industrial machine and hand). Exploration of materials, construction techniques and experimental draping on the dress form are achieved through using geometric shapes (rectangles, squares, circles and triangles). Lectures and discussions on issues of waste and garment life-cycle, fast fashion and production methods underscore the importance of best practices in sustainability for students to consider in their own process. Development of a strong personal vision 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 for a final collection of finished garments. Previous sewing experience not required.
Students exhibit their final collection at Open Studios held 4–6 pm on the final day of class.
June 25–July 31, 2020
Thursdays + Fridays
9 am–4:30 pm (no class 7/3)
Tuition for RISD Alumni and Students $2,380