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 (machine and hand).
Exploration of materials and construction techniques is 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. Access to a sewing machine and sewing supplies required.
RISD degree students: This course offers 3 transfer credits with pre-approval from your department head using the “Transfer Credit Prior Approval for Major/Non Major Credit” form, found on the Registrar’s Office Forms page. Submit the signed form to the Registrar’s office and then complete the online course registration.
June 24–July 30, 2021
Thursdays + Fridays, 10 am–1 pm ET