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Apparel & Fashion Design

Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 19 - Jul 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-APP-0204
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

This course introduces students to the two fundamental techniques of patternmaking: draping on the dress form, and drafting flat patterns. Students drape a basic skirt and a basic bodice on the form, and then make patterns from the draped muslin. They also draft a skirt and bodice from the dress form's measurements, and then test the drafted patterns in muslin fabric on the form. After making fit corrections on both muslin sets (draped and drafted), students make their best-fitting set of muslins into oak tag slopers (patterns) for the basic bodice and basic skirt. At the end of the last class, students show one set of fitted bodice and skirt muslins on the form (either draped or drafted), along with their corresponding oak tag slopers for the basic bodice and the basic skirt. 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.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jun 17 - Jul 22 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-APP-3078
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $365 | lab fee $20


Description

Have you recently bought a sewing machine, but don't know where to start? This course will familiarize you with your sewing machine and sewing kit equipment, and basic sewing skills including stitching techniques. You'll also receive guidance on how to avoid common problems like bunching and jamming. You'll create a sample sewing notebook (a professional must), learn basic seam construction, and add to it each week. You'll practice sewing procedures by creating simple items like pillows in the first two sessions, aprons in the next two, and tote bags in sessions five and six. At the end of the final session, you'll participate in a group discussion and critique of finished work. Note: Bring your 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Tuesday + Wednesday, Jul 2 - 3 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-0548
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $10


Description

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at the traditional skill of hat-making (known as millinery)? Do you have an idea for a cool cap to complete your cosplay outfit, but don't have the skills to make it a reality? In this course, you'll be guided in the selection of the most appropriate materials for creating artistically sound design concepts. Historical examples are introduced from culturally diverse sources as you learn millinery and hat-making vocabulary as it applies to this niche of the fashion field. You'll leave with your creation, a hat, as modern or traditional as designed.

Applies to: AT, Y3


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

Tuesday + Wednesday, Jul 2 - 3 | 9am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-1988 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 14 contact hours | tuition $265 | lab fee $15


Description

Explore the exciting world of fashion while working with papers, colored pencils, fashion magazines, fabrics, trims, embellishments, mannequins and sewing tools. Watch runway shows, learn about fashion from different eras and then create your own clothing collection. You'll draw concept fashion designs, fabricate creations on mini dress forms, accessorize with ideas for shoes, bags and hats and finally, invent fashion logos to promote your new fashion collection.


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 22 - Aug 2 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-2186
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $515 | lab fee $20


Description

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


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jul 15 - 19 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-3725 ( Class is Full )
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | 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: Cathy Wilkerson (Bio)
Course Details

Monday - Friday, Jun 24 - 28 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-3757
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $20


Description

Central to the design of a fashion collection is the investigation of innovative materials and textiles that nowadays define the uniqueness of a style and, more and more often, provide the initial inspiration behind a whole fashion collection. This course explores the world of innovative materials in order to push creativity to its limits. Students create a personal project, beginning with a mood board and fashion sketch and ending with a complete garment made of nontraditional materials, while learning some basic construction techniques.

Applies to: AT, Y3


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

Monday - Friday, Aug 5 - 9 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-0420-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $25


Description

Step it up a notch! In this course, you create a custom-fit wardrobe essential. Choose from a "little black dress," first made famous in 1926 by Coco Chanel, or the men's equivalent, a button-front shirt, with options for various collar styles. You start with an easy, basic pattern, and learn to alter the design to suit your personal styles. You then cut fabric of your choice and sew the garment using both hand and machine stitching. The result: a piece that can be worn time and time again, fit for any occasion. All levels are welcome.

Applies to: AT, Y3


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

Monday - Friday, Aug 12 - 16 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-TEEN-3725-02
5 sessions | 15 contact hours | tuition $285 | lab fee $10 | 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

Monday, Jul 1 | 9am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2019/SE-CAMP-0431
1 session | 7 contact hours | tuition $140 | lab fee $10


Description

Why are we always intrigued by the dark side of life? Gothic/Goth style is a manifestation of this fascination. Gothic style began in the romantic early 19th century and caught the imagination of the world. In this course, students explore the origins of Gothic style, viewing examples of the genre and its subdivisions like Steampunk. Then students put their new knowledge into practice as they design garments over scale model forms.

Applies to: AT, Y3


Instructor
  • Name: Pat Ubaldi Nurnberger (Bio)