ARTS(FD)301 Italian Fashion Design, Jessica Hayoz, Spring 2019

The main goal of this course is to give students a complete understanding of Fashion Design in Italy, covering basic techniques of design and production, as well as a historical and hands-on approach to Italy’s fashion companies. The course is structured so that each session has both a theoretical component and a practical one. Lectures are meant to direct, support and inspire students, as well as to give a greater understanding of the fashion world and a solid base for their research. Activities include: reading and writing, mannequin and figure drawing, designing, patternmaking basics, dress-making techniques, hand sewing, trips to companies, and the creation of a personal portfolio with all the course work for the final exam. Students will be able to pick their portfolio and final project themes based on their personal interest in fashion and follow them back into design history, leading them to a sociological and then historical perspective, which greatly enhances a more complete and complex understanding of fashion.

Students enrolled in SACI’s Spring 2019 Fashion Design course will have the unique opportunity to create a capsule collection of sustainable fashion. Students will design a collection that is “kind” to the environment, using sustainable resources than can be produced in an ethical working environment.

The aim is to enable future generations of fashion designers to identify social and environmental issues by anticipating challenges and envisaging innovative solutions able to revolutionize and rethink the existing fashion industry on a global scale. The fundamentals of sustainable fashion will be analyzed, and students will learn the strategies and design techniques used in the creation of sustainable fashion collections.

At the end of the term, with the assistance of the SACI Graphic Design students who will work on an interactive presentation as part of their class.

Materials

A list of materials will be given out at the beginning of the course.

Materials for the final project: Fabric, accessories and supplies: approximately 100 Euro.

Schedule

NOTE: Please note that the contents of individual classes may be changed during the course according to the class's progress, some visits may be rescheduled, and additional visits may be included within regular class time.

Week 1

Monday, January 7 - Objectives of the course, homework and final project, syllabus description - Introduction to the Fashion Industry.
Lecture:
Human and environmental costs “The true cost” of fast fashion companies - Unethical labor practices and the damages of delocalization in a globalized world - The working conditions in developing countries.
Note: bring sketchbook and supplies for next class.

Wednesday, January 9 - Environment and Sustainability
Lecture: Introduction to sustainable thinking and its communication.
Guest Lecture: Professor Camilla Torna and MFA students in Communication and Design.

Week 2

Monday, January 14 - Fundamentals of sustainable fashion. How to minimise the impact of manufacturing.
Lecture: The Corporate Social Responsibility – How to create a sustainable business model. Sustainable product development process from design to manufacturing - how to reconcile ethical and economic values.

Wednesday, January 16 - Sustainability and Ethical fashion a new global challenge.
Lecture:
Textile industry manufacturing processes and environmental impact.
View documentary film “The Next Black” - The future of textile innovation.
Homework: Research a sustainable fashion company.

Week 3
 

Monday, January 21 - Fashion collection structure and making.
Lecture: Study all different steps to organize a collection: trend research, theme and customer profile map. How to make a mood board, a color palette, fabric samples and a customer profile map.
Homework: Finish the mood board, the color and fabric sheet and the customer profile map.

Wednesday, January 23 - The fashion figure proportion part 1.
Sketch the basic fashion figure.
Homework: Drawing exercises, 3 basic figures.
Research an outfit for the final project.

Friday, January 25 - Visit Pitti Filati 84 Edition - New fashion and lifestyle trends
The main international event for the knitting yarn industry, a research lab and an observatory on global lifestyle trends

Week 4

Monday, January 28 - The fashion figure proportion part 2.
Sketch the basic fashion figure in different poses.
Homework: Drawing exercises, 3 figures in different poses.
Research and draw an outfit for the final project

Wednesday, January 30 - The fashion figure proportion part 3.
How to use markers to color and shade the figure, different techniques.
Homework: Drawing exercises, 3 figures using colors.
Research and draw an outfit for the final project.

Week 5

Monday, February 4 - Technical fashion drawing.
Homework:
Drawing exercises, 3 technical drawings.
Note: bring the final outfit for final project for next class.

Wednesday, February 6 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 1.
Analyze various typologies garment.
Measurements for garment.
Sewing exercises.
Homework: Finish the sewing exercises

Week 6

Monday, February 11 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 2.
Development of the pattern.
Sewing exercise.
Homework: Finish the sewing exercises

Wednesday, February 13 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 3.
Development of the pattern.
Sewing exercise.
Homework: Finish the sewing exercises

Week 7

Monday, February 18 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 4.
Development of the pattern.
Sewing exercise.
Homework: Finish the sewing exercises

Wednesday, February 20 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 5.
Placement pattern in muslin.
Cutting (sawing cm, right wire).

   

Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (February 23- March 3)

   

Week 9

Monday, March 4 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 6.
Build the garment in muslin (sewing).
Homework: Finish sewing the garment

Wednesday, March 6 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 7.
Fitting the muslin garment on the models, adjustments and corrections.

Week 10

Monday, March 11 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 8.
Placement pattern on fabric.
Cutting (sawing cm, right wire).

Wednesday, March 13 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 9.
Placement pattern on fabric.
Cutting (sawing cm, right wire).

Week 11

Monday, March 18 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 10.
Build the garment on fabric (sewing).

Wednesday, March 20 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 11.
Build the garment on fabric (sewing).

Week 12

Monday, March 25 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 12.
Build the garment on fabric (sewing).

Wednesday, March 27 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 13.
Build the garment on fabric (sewing).
Homework: Finalize the garment for the final exhibition.

Week 13

Monday, April 1 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 14.
Build the garment on fabric (sewing).
Homework: Finalize the garment for the final exhibition.

Wednesday, April 3 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 15.
Build the garment on fabric (sewing).
Homework: Prepare the portfolio.

Week 14

Monday, April 8 - Final project Lab: Realization of an outfit part 16.
Build the garment on fabric (sewing).
Homework: Finalize the garment for the final exhibition and finish the the portfolio

Wednesday, April 10
SACI Student Exhibitions.

Week 15

Monday, April 15 - Introduction to fashion photography
Photo shooting of the collection.
Guest Lecture: Jacopo Santini Professor of photography

Wednesday, April 17
FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION.
Outfit and Portfolio.
The whole class will be dedicated to the presentation of the student works.

Grading

Grading is based on attendance, effort, improvement, and proficiency.

Graduate Students
Students in MFA, MA, and Post-Bac programs are expected to complete additional assignments and to produce work at a level appropriate for students in a graduate program. They are graded accordingly and, if they successfully complete all course requirements for graduate students, receive graduate-level credit for the course.

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