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Apparel & Fashion Design

Course Details

Thursdays, Sep 13 - Oct 4 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-PDM-0378
4 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $25


Description

The evolution of footwear design in the past decades has thrust this once-mundane object into the center of cultural relevance. This immersive course explores the construction of a variety of footwear, from performance footwear to high fashion, and includes assignments that challenge one's creative process to resolve design problems. The class covers a wide variety of design processes and practices, including manufacturing processes, drawing, and mockups, and uses some of the same ideation and presentation techniques used in today's footwear industry. Throughout the course, materials are discussed and examined to help understand the complexity of the product. Classroom discussions and critiques allow students to better understand their footwear ideas.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Joe Napurano (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 20 - 27 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-CHILD-0895
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $25


Description

Taylor Swift needs a six-piece wardrobe to wear in Paris. Jennifer Lawrence wants to look regal for the Oscars. Beyonce and Demi Lovato need after-Grammy gowns that will dance all night! In this course students mix and match design challenges with different celebrity personalities to design either a specific piece for a special occasion (e.g., the Oscars), or conceive of a wardrobe collection for that person. Students study what these larger-than-life figures currently wear, where they sometimes go wrong, and how they as young designers can use their own aesthetic to create an image that is right for their celebrity clients. Students can expect to generate a collection of concept designs that cover a range of styles and design challenges in response to 'real world' scenarios, including creating their favorite designs on miniature mannequins.


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 10 - Oct 15 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | Westerly | 2018/CF-APP-0868
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

This fundamental course encompasses the fashion design process from inspiration through production. Students will be introduced to the role of the designer by researching designers and exploring design elements and principles. Attention is paid to the construction of garments and the use of fabric and form, as well as inspiration documentation and design experimentation. Through figure drawing and sketching technical flats, students will cultivate tools for designing their own collection. Color, fabric and mood will be explored as students learn to convey their own personal vision. A design notebook will be kept throughout class to collect inspiration.

This course is held at the Westerly Education Center.


Instructor
  • Name: Christina Savas (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Aug 20 - 24 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/SE-TEEN-3725-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $270 | lab fee $5 | model fee $5


Description

All fashion designers start their planning on paper, well before they ever see their garments worn and walking the runway. Students in this course explore the fashion drawing techniques used in the industry, such as basic fashion figures (or 'croquis') and mood boards -- the process tools for translating a creative idea into a sophisticated design. Students also communicate the ideas, moods, motion and details of a garment by visually interpreting fashion apparel, including the body proportions used in basic fashion drawing. As students create various croquis bodies and draw from a model, they develop their personal style and drawing skills, as well as an appreciation for the role fashion illustration plays in the design business.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Everett Hoag (Bio)
Course Details

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


Description

Realizing fashion ideas usually starts with strong fashion drawing skills. Students in this course are introduced to the croquis, the 9 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.


Instructor
  • 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


Description

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.


Instructor
  • Name: Natalie Spingold (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 15 - Oct 13 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEEN-3981
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

How do fashion designers look to the past to design some of today's high fashion? Students in this course will embrace the relationship between historic costume and contemporary fashion by examining couture collections and the costumes worn in hit movies in light of their historic influences. During lively class sessions, students will learn to identify historic time periods, garments, fabrics and construction, and fitting methods of the era. Then, with a single time period as a starting point, they'll produce their own design, construction and presentation drawings of historically accurate garments and contemporary fashions based upon them.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Pat Ubaldi Nurnberger (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Sep 12 - Dec 5 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/21
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-APP-3032
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $20


Description

This more extended and in-depth sewing class than Sewing: Introduction familiarizes students with their sewing machine while providing instruction in basic sewing skills. The class reviews sewing kit equipment, needle position, stitch types, the impact of fabric types and qualities, as well as how to avoid bunching and jamming. In addition to learning basic stitches each week for a sample sewing notebook, students practice basic sewing procedures by creating three small simple items such as a pillow, an apron and a tote bag. Students then advance to three larger clothing projects, such as a pair of pull-on pants/short/skirt, a simple shirt or blouse, and a garment with a zipper. This is followed by a group discussion and critique of the work. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine and sewing/accessories kit to class. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this course. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized courses (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Sep 10 - Dec 3 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/19
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-APP-3034
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $525 | lab fee $20


Description

Building on essential skills acquired in Sewing 101 or equivalent, this class uses basic sewing skills to create more detailed garments, while learning new sewing techniques and keeping a sample sewing notebook. Students begin by sewing several smaller but more complicated items (depending on the season) such a winter or summer hat, mittens, fleece sweatshirt or rain poncho, and a zippered pouch. They then progress to constructing three medium-level garment projects -- one zippered pair of pants or skirt, one top or shirt, and one item of choice such as a dress, jacket or vest -- all to be finished by the last session. This is followed by a group critique of work. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine to class. Please note that in addition to the lab fee, you can expect to have to buy additional supplies for this class. We try to keep this cost under $100, but for specialized classes (jewelry, wood, metals) this may be higher.

Prerequisite: Sewing 101 or equivalent


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 29 - 30 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2018/CF-TEXT-1974
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $275 | lab fee $5


Description

Surface Design is the making, both manually and digitally, of repeating patterns and designs that can be used on a variety of products including home decor, apparel and textiles, stationery and fabrics. Here is a chance to gain hands-on experience with development of individual designs, as well as an overview of the industry. On the first day, you'll learn the design principles of surface design, and develop your own imagery with the help of visual prompts and exercises. Once you decide on your designs, you'll experiment with the essentials of pattern and repeat, the classic structure for creating patterns. Day two focuses on working digitally with a quick introduction to scanning, and a brief overview of manipulating patterns in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop. The class concludes with a discussion of the surface design marketplace, and an explanation of licensing -- what the industry is looking for, how to sell your designs and what aspect of this broad field best suits your designs.


Instructor
  • Name: Katy Dika (Bio)