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Apparel & Fashion Design

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Wednesdays, Oct 23 - Dec 4 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/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 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Christina Savas (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Sep 28 - 29 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEXT-1974 ( Class is Full )
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)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-TEEN-0547
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

You are the maker in this course that incorporates elements of both product design and apparel design. The design studio begins with a review of how manufacturing technology, trends and cultural attitudes have shaped the market for sneakers, pumps, boots and sandals. You will choose one of these forms to assess, deconstruct and redesign with attention to materials, purpose and economy. You'll learn how to render your initial idea as a concept sketch, and eventually complete a prototype shoe design that is functional, fashionable or fantastic.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Renee Monteiro-Bernard (Bio)
Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, Dec 7 - 8 | 9am-4pm
ages 6-8 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-3740
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $15


Description

Kids love fashion too! The world of apparel design is fascinating and fun, and may even lead to a career. This course introduces the vocabulary and craft of fashion design, from brainstorming original concepts to describing and visualizing clothing and costume creations. Lessons include illustrating a line, age-appropriate marketing concepts, a tutorial on fabric and cloth, and the basic sewing and patternmaking techniques that serve as a foundation for future exploration of garment construction.


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday, Nov 11 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-CAMP-4188
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $20


Description

Silhouette, pattern and material are essential to the success of apparel design in both Eastern and Western traditions. In this course we explore a specific garment (the Japanese kimono) and combine it with an inexpensive and versatile prototyping medium (paper). Working first from drawings and style boards, we finish the session constructing kimono models on quarter-scale dress forms. Lessons in craftsmanship, visualization, patternmaking, adhesion and fastening offer a hands-on glimpse into this cultural tradition.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Oct 26 - Nov 23 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | Westerly | 2019/CF-TEEN-3725
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | model fee $10


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.

This course takes place at the Westerly Education Center.

Applies to: AT, Y2


Instructor
  • Name: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
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