ARTS(FD)301 Italian Fashion Design - Section B, Jessica Hayoz, Fall 2019

The main goal of this course is to provide students with a complete understanding of Fashion Design in Italy, covering basic techniques of design and production, as well as an historical and hands-on approach to Italian fashion companies. The course is structured so that each session has both a theoretical and a practical component. Lectures are meant to direct, guide, support and inspire students, as well as to give them a greater understanding of the fashion world and a solid base for their eventual future involvement in the fashion industry. Activities include: reading and writing, mannequin and figure drawing, designing, patternmaking basics, dress-making techniques, hand sewing, trips to fashion companies, and the creation of a personal portfolio including all the work done during the course and for the final exam and project. Students will be able to pick their portfolio and final project themes based on their personal interests in fashion. The professor will lead them back into design history, exposing them to both a sociological and historical perspective, which greatly enhances a more complete and in-depth understanding of the fashion world in all its aspects.

Method

The course includes: lectures, technical and practical demonstrations, group research, discussions and oral presentations. The professor will supply students with case studies, examples and experiences from the fashion world, from which each student will be able to acquire his/her own sense of the field. In addition, there will be class discussions, in-class readings and the showing of some documentaries.

The course is divided into 2 parts.

The first part will focus on theoretical concepts and foundations; we'll have lectures, class discussions and we'll use (and analyze) some didactic materials such as photos, articles, lecture notes, handouts and textbooks. Case studies as well as videos will be shown during the lessons.

The second part will be dedicated to workshops. Students will be involved in the creation of a capsule collection and of a finished garment.

Both parts will be supplemented by visits to factories and exhibitions.

Midterm Project Collection

The midterm project consists in the realization of a capsule collection based on a given theme. Students will learn all the different steps involved in organizing and producing a fashion collection and they will understand how to conduct research, receive inspiration from it, and how to sketch for the collection’s development. The creative process includes: development of ideas, sketching, graphic illustration, and the selection of fabrics and colors. Students will so create a small portfolio that will include a moodboard, a color palette, fashion colored figures and technical drawings.

Final Project Collection

For the final project, students will produce a finished garment, starting from the conception to the final prototype. Students will be introduced to the various technical and practical methods used in the apparel product development process, such as: pattern making, cutting and draping, as well as traditional craftsmanship production methods and advanced sewing practices. The final project will give students the opportunity to understand and experience necessary skills related to the fashion industry.

Materials

A list of necessary materials will be handed out to students at the beginning of the course.

Materials for the final project: Fabrics, accessories and supplies, for a total cost of approximately 100 Euro.

Schedule

Week 1

Tuesday, September 10 - Course objectives, homework and final project. Introduction to the fashion history
Lecture:
Fashion history and meaning - The Origins.
Note: Students have to bring a sketchbook and supplies for next class.

Thursday, September 12 - Fashion in Florence – “La Sala Bianca”: where it all began.
Field trip: The Costume Gallery.
Meeting place TBC lesson 1, normal class time.

Week 2

Tuesday, September 17 - The fashion textile industry.

Lecture: Textile industry manufacturing processes and environmental impact.
Screening of the documentary film “The Next Black” - The future of textile innovation.
In-class discussion: Sustainability and fashion: a new global challenge. How to minimize the impact of manufacturing on the environment.

Assignment: Research on a sustainable fashion company.

Thursday, September 19 – Fashion collection structure and making/Part 1.
Lecture: Study on all the different steps involved into organizing a collection – Research and trend forecasting process - Theme and inspiration.

In-class exercise: Examining actual and emerging trends.

Week 3

Tuesday, September 24 - Fashion collection structure and making/Part 2.
Lecture: Ideas and concepts – Collection description – How to make a moodboard and a color palette.

Midterm project collection assignment 1: Create a moodboard and a color palette.

Thursday, September 26 - The fashion figure proportion/Part 1.
Introduction to fashion drawing - Sketching the basic fashion figure.
Assignment: Drawing exercises: 3 basic figures.

Week 4

Tuesday, October 1 - The fashion figure proportion/Part 2.
Sketching the basic fashion figure in different poses.
Assignment: Drawing exercises: 3 figures in different poses.

Thursday, October 3 - Drawing clothes on the figure/Part 1.
Defining the garment, the details and the fabrics.

Midterm project collection assignment 2: Draw a capsule collection.

Week 5

Tuesday, October 8- Drawing clothes on the figure/Part 2.
Defining the garment, the details and the fabrics.
Work on the midterm project.

Thursday, October 10 - Color techniques/Part 1.
How to use markers to color and shade the body – light source.
Work on the midterm project.

Midterm project assignment 1 due: Moodboard and color palette.

Week 6

Tuesday, October 15 - Color techniques/Part 2.
How to use markers to color and shade the body – light source.
Work on the midterm project.

Thursday, October 17 - Final project Lab
Introduction to pattern making - Development of the pattern.
Fabric selection.

Week 7

Tuesday, October 22 - Final Project Lab
Development of the pattern.
Fabric selection.

Thursday, October 24 - Final project Lab
Development of the pattern.

Fabric selection.
Midterm project collection assignment 2 due: Capsule collection

   

Week 8

MIDTERM BREAK (October 26 – November 3)

   

Week 9

Tuesday, November 5 - Final Project Lab
Placement of the pattern on fabric.
Pattern cutting (sawing cm, right wire).

Thursday November 7 - Final project Lab
Placement of the pattern on fabric.
Pattern cutting (sawing cm, right wire).

Week 10

Tuesday, November 12 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Thursday, November 14 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Week 11

Tuesday, November 19 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Thursday, November 21 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Week 12

Tuesday, November 26 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Thursday, November 28 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Week 13

Tuesday, December 3 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Thursday, December 5 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).

Week 14

Tuesday, December 10 - Final project Lab
Garment construction and finishing (sewing).
Final project due

Thursday, December 12
SACI Student Exhibitions.

Week 15

Tuesday, December 17 - Introduction to fashion photography
Photo shooting of the collection.
Guest Lecture: Professor of Photography, Jacopo Santini.

Thursday, December 19
FINAL PROJECT PRESENTATION.
Outfit and Portfolio.
The whole class will be dedicated to the presentation of the students' works.

NOTE: Please note that the topics covered in a class may vary during the course according to the students' progress; some visits may be re-scheduled and additional visits may be included within regular class time.

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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