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Apparel & Fashion Design

Course Details

Saturday + Sunday, May 20 - 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEXT-3080 ( Class is Full )
2 sessions | 12 contact hours | tuition $250 | lab fee $20


Description

Fast becoming a viable art medium of choice for a new generation of artists, embroidery is no longer restricted to its traditional tea towel-and-pillow history. This workshop explores and challenges the boundaries of working with thread, and combines it with material studies and image making. Students are introduced to both traditional and contemporary approaches to working with thread, hand and machine embroidery techniques, as well as experimentation on an array of substrates to test the power of thread. Guided exercises allow students to utilize interdisciplinary approaches while developing their own imagery, and discovering language with thread. The class also has the chance to visit the RISD Museum to experience historical examples of embroidery used in bold and extraordinary ways. 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Cindy Davis (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jun 29 - Aug 3 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-2186
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $320 | lab fee $15


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 24 - Aug 4 | 1-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-2186-02
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | 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 10 - 21 | 9am-12pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-3757
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | 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. In this course, we explore 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 non-traditional materials, while learning some basic construction techniques. The course culminates with an informal fashion show for parents and friends. Note: Previous sewing or patternmaking experience is not required.

Applies to: AT, Y3


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

Monday - Friday, Jul 10 - 21 | 1-4pm
ages 12-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-TEEN-3981
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | lab fee $20


Description

Did you know that Napoleonic uniforms and gowns were the inspiration for Dolce & Gabbana's Fall '06 collection, or that Marie Antoinette influenced Dior in 2006? Discover how fashion designers look to the past to design some of today's high fashion! You'll come to 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, we'll 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, you'll produce your own design, construction and presentation drawings of historically accurate garments and contemporary fashions based upon them. Note: Students use both hand and machine sewing to construct a simple garment based on historic design. Some sewing skill needed.

Applies to: AT, Y3


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

Monday - Friday, Jul 10 - 21 | 9am-12pm
ages 9-12 | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-CHILD-3740
10 sessions | 30 contact hours | tuition $490 | lab fee $15


Description

Kids love fashion too! They often have fabulous ideas on what they would like to wear, so it makes great sense to offer this course as a prelude to the fashion design offerings available to older students. The world of fashion is exciting and fun, with great emphasis placed on creative personal expression. That's what students can count on as they learn the basics of fashion design, from brainstorming original concepts to the unveiling of their final creation. Everything is open for investigation, from fabric choices to running one's own fashion design business! Some basic sewing and patternmaking techniques are reviewed, as well as how to assemble a fashion portfolio that combines design work and sewing samples. Students even create their own label and magazine ads!


Instructor
  • Name: Candace French (Bio)
Course Details

Wednesdays, Jun 21 - Jul 26 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-APP-0204
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | 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.

Prerequisite: Basic sewing skills


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Mondays, Jun 19 - Jul 24 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2017/SE-APP-3078
6 sessions | 18 contact hours | tuition $345 | lab fee $20


Description

Have you recently bought a sewing machine, but don't know where to start? This course familiarizes you with your machine and teaches basic sewing skills. We learn about sewing kit equipment, how to use a sewing machine, stitching techniques, and 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, we hold a group discussion and critique of our finished work. 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.


Instructor
  • Name: Anne Finelli (Bio)
Course Details

Sunday, May 21 | 10am-4pm
ages 13-17 | RISD Campus | 2017/CS-TEEN-1742
1 session | 6 contact hours | tuition $110 | lab fee $15


Description

Are you a sneaker head? An avid collector with the need to go further and learn to create your own customized shoes? Or maybe you are not over-the-top obsessed, but simply interested in the fashion industry and digital design. This workshop is ideal for both types of teen creatives. You'll begin with an introduction to the industry standard drawing program Adobe Illustrator. As you become comfortable with the technology, technique comes into play as you learn from an experienced athletic shoe designer exactly how it's done. You'll leave with a portfolio of original custom sneaker designs, ready to share as digital files.

Applies to: AT, YD


Instructor
  • Name: Joe Napurano (Bio)
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