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Apparel & Fashion Design

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Mondays, Oct 22 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-APP-1787
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | model fee $40


Realizing fashion ideas usually starts with strong fashion drawing skills. Students in this course are introduced to the croquis, the nine head fashion figure, as a foundational tool for designing. Working from observation, class begins with gesture drawings of models as students learn to capture the movement and direction of both the figure and clothing. Focus is on how to represent the fabric and draping based on how a garment hangs on the body, while suggesting the form underneath. Attention is paid to proportions and scale while capturing the essentials of drawing faces and other details. Students also learn to express attitude by drawing their own fashion. Flat sketching techniques to incorporate garment construction details, including front and back views, are introduced. Mood boards help students to convey concepts, color stories and themes for individual collections, as well as identify strands of interest. Use of a sketchbook to explore fashion style and point of view, as well as exploration of different media, is encouraged.

  • Name: Christina Savas (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Oct 24 - Dec 5 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-APP-4903
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365


This interactive and hands-on course brings the creative process of fashion design into a business context. Using your own designs as the basis for analysis, the course helps you determine your client and establish your brand identity, leading to a deeper understanding of the right market placement and competition. We discuss the transition from initial collection inspiration and prototyping concepts to finalizing a comprehensive, strong collection that is ready for production. Raw materials, production obstacles and locations, and sample making all contribute to your brand, the buyers you target, how it's merchandized and the channels of distribution. As you gain understanding of the apparel design and retail industries, you become proficient with retail formats, consumer behavior and trend forecasting. This course is recommended for those aspiring to careers in fashion design or wholesale/retail management.

  • Name: Natalie Spingold (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Dec 1 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEEN-1313
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $20


Thoughtful design can solve problems that human industry and consumption create. In this workshop, young fashion designers are encouraged to follow ethical practices, as they come up with concepts for their own brand, pitch it to their peers, design it and leave with one sewn prototype garment. Together the class awakens to their personal responsibility for the natural environment, and the global concerns of the fashion industry that include fair trade and the rights of humans and animals. The result is an evolving understanding of the apparel business and the impact one informed, creative individual can have by promoting empathy and effecting positive change.

Applies to: AT, Y3

  • Name: Everett Hoag (Bio)
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