Apparel & Fashion Design
Saturdays, Oct 28 - Dec 9 | 1-4pm | No Class: 11/25
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-TEEN-2186
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)
Wednesdays, Oct 25 - Dec 6 | 7-10pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-APP-1787
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | 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.
- Name: Jarno Kettunen (Bio)
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)
Saturdays, Sep 23 - 30 | 10am-4pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-CHILD-1988
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $215 | lab fee $10
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.
Please provide a lunch, snacks and a beverage.
- Name: Candace French (Bio)
Monday + Tuesday, Aug 28 - 29 | 10am-6pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-APP-0883 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 16 contact hours | tuition $295
Today's global supply chain makes it nearly impossible for consumers to know about the labor and materials used to make a pair of sneakers. But what if there were a way for you to create a pair of high-end footwear, from start to finish -- all by yourself, and without the use of glue or machinery? You'll learn how in this workshop, facilitated by Kathleen Grevers, senior critic, RISD Apparel Design, and Roderick Pieters, the Netherlands-based founder of SneakerKit. In the process, you'll learn how the worlds of apparel design and industrial design are integrated.
On the first day, you'll learn the sketch and design process, start to design while experimenting on the sole, participate in one-on-one and group review of classmates' designs in a modified version of RISD's critique format, and finish your design. On the second day, you'll actually make your custom sneakers.
Choosing from a number of basic patterns, you will learn how to cut to size, punch, and manually stitch uppers to the sole, and then personalize them. You'll emerge with a pair of unique and professional-looking sneakers -- and you'll know what materials to buy locally to make additional pairs for yourself or as gifts!
Upon completion, you may be inspired to expand upon your leathermaking skill set, making bags, belts, wallets and more.
Note: The workshop fee includes all materials for one pair of sneakers; meals not included.
- Name: * Kathleen Grevers, Roderick Pieters, Eva Vermue (Bio)
Wednesdays, Sep 13 - Dec 6 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/22
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CF-APP-3032
12 sessions | 36 contact hours | tuition $495 | lab fee $20
Own a sewing machine and want to learn to actually use it? This more extended and in-depth sewing class than Sewing: Introduction familiarizes you with your machine while providing instruction in basic sewing skills. We review 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. We 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.
Schedule Update: The schedule for this course has changed since originally published. Class will now meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 13 - Dec. 6, 6:30-9:30pm.
- Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
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)