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Apparel & Fashion Design

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Saturdays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-2186 ( Class is Full )
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $20


Here's your chance to learn the fundamentals of garment construction while deconstructing and reconstructing a garment of your choice. By using new fabrics and design changes, you can transform the old garment into a totally new look. Through pattern drafting, draping using the mannequin, and various hand and machine sewing techniques, you'll select a fabric and move on to sewing the original design created in class. The course also includes a continuing discussion of design, styles, trends and couture. Note: Some sewing knowledge is helpful, but not necessary.

Applies to: AT, Y3

  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 2 - 3 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-APP-1787
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $40


Realizing fashion ideas usually starts with strong fashion drawing skills. Working from observation, class begins with gesture drawings and "croquis" (simple quick sketches) 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, and students are introduced to the 10 head fashion figure. Students also learn to express attitude by drawing their own fashion "faces" and capturing the essentials of drawing faces, heads and other details. 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, as well as exploration of different media, is encouraged.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, 10am-4pm.

  • Name: Jarno Kettunen (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Oct 26 - Dec 7 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/23
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEXT-1880
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345


Examining the history of fashionable dress in the West from 1900 to the present, this course investigates fashion from a material cultural perspective -- analyzing it as a social, cultural and aesthetic phenomenon that has been significantly shaped by history. Assignments are object centered and students select a piece from the RISD Museum's collection that is representative of the time periods investigated. Utilizing the artifact as a starting point, students engage in a material culture analysis -- connecting the piece they choose to the context from which it came to fully understand the impact of time on fashion. Digital presentations, videos, books and texts augment the learning.

  • Name: Max Kaplan (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/20
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-APP-3079
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $15


This course reinforces sewing skills learned in Sewing: Introduction, adding more sewing stitches and seams while sewing garments. We learn about different stitch types, more sewing techniques, and the impact of fabric types and qualities. In addition to keeping a sample sewing notebook, students start the first two sessions sewing a choice of simple pajama pants, pull-on shorts, or pull-on skirt. We then progress to constructing two medium-level garments -- a top or shirt -- and then a garment with a side or back zipper. At the end of the final session, we hold a group discussion and critique of our finished work. Some sewing experience is required. Note: Students must bring their own sewing machine to class; required sewing accessories/tools are indicated in the supply list. 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.

Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Mondays, Oct. 23 - Dec. 4, 7-10pm.

Prerequisite: Sewing: Introduction or equivalent skills.

  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
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