Apparel Design

Courses

  • Fall 2014

    HISTORY OF DRESS

    This course reviews world art and social history starting in the eighteenth century to illuminate the symbology and meaning behind the aesthetic of each era, and the way in which the aesthetic finds universal expression in clothing. Examples from RISD's Museum collection are studied and slides are shown. Projects required are written papers and group presentations.
    Art History credit for Apparel Design majors; Liberal Arts elective credit for nonmajors.
    Section 1; First Class meets in DC 211
    Section 2; First Class meets in Chace Center Lobby

    INTRODUCTION TO BASIC SHOEMAKING

    Shoes are an everyday commodity; but do you know how many are steps involved? In this course, students will handcraft a basic pair of cemented construction shoes from start to finish. This includes beginning by creating a basic pattern, draping the last, cutting (clicking) the leather, sewing (closing) the upper, building a stacked leather heel, and finishing the sole. We will approach the requirements of constructing a shoe through choice of material, characteristics of leather, and how to utilize them in laying out the pattern. In the process of the construction from pattern to shoe, we will work with basic tools for handcrafted shoemaking including a shoemaker's knife, closers hammer, buff stick, lasting pincers to name a few. Students are expected to complete one pair of shoes and begin work on a second pair, applying and expanding upon the techniques learned in the class.
    Estimated Material Cost: $225.00
    Apparel majors only
    Also offered as ID 2494 for ID majors

    JUNIOR CUT & SEW STUDIO

    Sections 01 & 02: Students concentrate on designing with 'cut and sew' knit fabric. Through draping with knit fabrics on the form, students learn to utilize the inherent properties of knits. Instruction in 'cut and sew' construction is combined with pattern making techniques, enabling students to execute their concepts as finished garments.
    Estimated Material Cost: $250.00

    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    JUNIOR MACHINE KNITWEAR STUDIO

    This course is an introduction to the creative and technical possibilities of the knitting machine. Through the development of knit swatches, the course will cover the following essentials of sweater knit design including graphing, calculating gauge and tension, shaping of a knit body, exploration of a diverse range of knit stitches, professional finishing of a knit garment, and how to select the best yarn to execute your final garment. Students will also develop unique trims and finishes to enhance their designs.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Section 01: This course provides Apparel Design students who have a solid foundation of machine knitting with the opportunity to expand their knowledge of knit structures and techniques and advance their creative ideas for knitwear. Emphasis is placed on experimentation, careful consideration of materials, and research, as ideas about form, color, pattern, texture, drape, and concept are explored. Through the semester, students will bring their experience of knit garment building and shaping, their range of knitting skills and techniques, and their ability to express ideas in knitting to a higher level of resolution that will result in a fully-fashioned garment.
    Estimated Cost of Materials: $250.00
    Must also register for: APPAR 3130/3132
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design Department, course not available via web registration

    JUNIOR/DESIGN/DRAW/CAD

    In Design/Drawing II, Junior students focus on designing for knitwear, experimenting three dimensionally as they explore the unique properties of knit fabrics. Color, texture, yarn and stitch variations are examined as students also design using the diverse properties of machine knitwear. Student build on existing drawing skills, learning new rendering techniques to communicate their knitwear designs. Students work with models to develop individual drawing styles while building effective portfolios.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Must also register for APPAR 3128/3132
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    SENIOR COLLECTION DEVELOPMENT

    During three integrated studios, students learn to expand the design process by developing professional collections from concept to presentation. Portfolio assignments are aimed at strengthening students' established styles and experimentation in new areas. Studios build on their draping, drafting and construction skills through individual instruction as they complete a collection for final presentation to the visiting critics. During studio, students also learn to use the computer as a design tool for product visualization and presentation.
    Estimated Material Cost: $1,000.00
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    SOPHOMORE DESIGN/DRAW

    The design component introduces research methods and conceptual skills, to be used with the medium of fabric. The drawing class focuses on the development of fashion croquis, drawing from the model, technical flats and presentation plates to effectively communicate the visual language of their design intentions. Students develop research methods and learn the importance of concepts, color and fabric stories.
    Estimated Material Costs: $250.00
    Must also register for APPAR 3102
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    SOPHOMORE INTRO TO APPAREL STUDIO

    This introductory course lays the foundation for the design process through draping, pattern drafting and construction. Students make basic patterns and proceed with variations to develop pattern making skills and design concepts. Weekly textile seminars introduce students to fibers and yarns, fabric types, properties and uses.
    Estimated Material Cost: $250.00
    Must also register for APPAR 3122
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    Wintersession 2015

    *ITALY: SHOE DESIGN PERCEPTION, HISTORY & PROTOTYPING

    Students of each discipline will travel to galleries, studios and factories in Turin, Milan, and Florence, learning traditional and hi-tech design processes that apply to Shoe Design. The goal of the course is for students to practice techniques of shoe design as a product that exists midway between the realms of Apparel and Industrial Design. They will also experience the intersection of creative perspectives and approaches from each discipline. The rich design culture of Italy, and Da Vinci's seven principles of creativity, will serve as inspiration and guide. Each student will actively explore their observations and nurture their evolving design process through journaling and interactive dialogue. Students work will be professionally photographed, and the course will conclude at RISD with a final Exhibition/Crit. Note: The course will spend the first and last weeks at RISD, with the other 3 weeks spent throughout Northern Italy. Dates of Travel: Week 2,3, & 4 of WS 2014.
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00
    Permission of instructor required
    Estimated travel cost: $3,975.00, airfare not included.
    Also offered as ID-3052. Register in class for which credit is desired
    ***Off-Campus Study***

    *SAN FRANCISCO: EUREKA: LEVI'S INNOVATION LAB

    The very first pair of blue jeans was invented by Levi Strauss in 1873. Strauss supplied jeans to working men during the time of the Gold Rush and the expanding American West. Some 140 years later, Levi Strauss & CO is one of the largest apparel producers in the world. Concerned with social progress, Levi Strauss created a company culture rich in philanthropy and giving back to the community. The company's Global Sourcing Guidelines established in the 1990's, made worker's rights a priority long before other corporations established similar policies. In 2013 Levi's moved their innovations lab from Turkey to San Francisco to reduce their carbon footprint and increase their study of sustainable design practices. This lab was aptly named Eureka!
    In this Wintersession course we will address the intrinsic qualities of denim and lifespan of the fabric & garments. With initial studies and experiments conducted at RISD, we will travel to San Francisco for one week to work in Levi's Eureka! lab. Consulting with Levi's designers, chemists, and technicians, we will address the responsibilities of the designer in today's world. Sustainability and social responsibility are key components to design in the 21st century. The course will culminate with a written essay & power point presentation on sustainable denim design accompanied by swatch studies and documentation of your process.
    Permission of instructor required.
    Estimated Travel Cost: TBA
    ***Off-Campus Study***

    AUGMENTED BODY

    As the field of wearable technology expands and fashion as art becomes more relevant, students will be challenged to explore the intersection of fashion, architecture and technology while using the body as a vehicle. This course will encourage new ways of thinking about body augmentation in space via innovative design, additive manufacturing and promote experimentation with materials that embrace technology. Through a series of workshops and assignments, students will also develop a working knowledge of traditional flat pattern making techniques, experiment with Lilypads, LEDs, smart fabrics, and thermochromic inks as well as learn to use generative techniques and the animation software Maya as modeling tools for the design of complex morphologies with an emphasis on researching strategies for the articulation of new fashion artifacts and architecture that will be 3D printed. Computer skills such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are mandatory. Lab fee covers basic class materiels; 3D printing and resin costs are additional.
    Architecture visiting faculty: Ludovico Lombardi of LDVC and Zaha-Hadid Architects, London and Designer Niccolo Casas of The Bartlett Apparel Design Faculty: Catherine Andreozzi, Associate Professor
    Estimated Material Cost: $100.00 - $250.00
    Registration by permission of instructor. Contact Apparel Design department for permission.
    Also offered as ARCH W202 (section 04) for Architecture 2nd year Transfer students and 2nd year M.Arch students. Contact Architecture department to register.

    BASIC APPAREL TECHNIQUES

    Spring 2015

    INTRODUCTION TO BASIC SHOEMAKING

    Shoes are an everyday commodity; but do you know how many are steps involved? In this course, students will handcraft a basic pair of cemented construction shoes from start to finish. This includes beginning by creating a basic pattern, draping the last, cutting (clicking) the leather, sewing (closing) the upper, building a stacked leather heel, and finishing the sole. We will approach the requirements of constructing a shoe through choice of material, characteristics of leather, and how to utilize them in laying out the pattern. In the process of the construction from pattern to shoe, we will work with basic tools for handcrafted shoemaking including a shoemaker's knife, closers hammer, buff stick, lasting pincers to name a few. Students are expected to complete one pair of shoes and begin work on a second pair, applying and expanding upon the techniques learned in the class.
    Estimated Material Cost: $225.00
    Apparel majors only
    Also offered as ID 2494 for ID majors

    JUNIOR TAILORING STUDIO

    Students focus on tailoring techniques and the design of tailored apparel. Drafting and classic tailoring techniques are taught and students explore shape and structure through experimentation on the form and creative pattern making. During this process, students use these technical skills to design and execute a jacket and companion piece.
    Estimated Material Cost: $400.00
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    JUNIOR/DESIGN/DRAW/CAD

    During the spring semester, Junior students focus on form and proportion as they explore the structural possibilities inherent in the art of tailoring. Students design multiple collections, examining the properties of cohesiveness and conceptual expansion. Projects in men146s wear and children146s wear expose students to new directions for their creativity as they learn new computer techniques. Individual drawing skills are strengthened as students refine their portfolios.
    Estimated Material Cost: $200.00
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    SENIOR APPAREL COLLECTION

    This senior level course focuses on the design of collections and the development of each student's unique interpretation of apparel design. The senior collections are a culmination of their skills and an exploration of their design vision. Originality, problem solving, and an organized design process are defined as essential elements of a successful degree project collection. Seniors refine and build their portfolios. Projects are aimed at enabling students to express a diverse but cohesive design vision. CAD instruction in Kaledo software gives students an additional creative tool.
    Estimated Material Cost: $1,000.00
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    SOPHOMORE APPAREL STUDIO

    Building on basic techniques taught first semester, students proceed to more complex cuts for bodices, sleeves, skirts and pants through techniques of draping, drafting and construction. One finished garment is required.
    Estimated Material Cost: $125.00
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Must also register for APPAR 3123
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration

    SOPHOMORE DESIGN/DRAW

    The design course builds on design process skills from the first semester through assignments that focus on research and its application, conceptual development, and team dynamics. Varied facets of apparel design are explored through lectures, museum research, classroom discussion, and creative exploration. The drawing component of the class focuses on print and texture rendering, drawing the fashion figure, layout design, and use of varied rendering media.
    Estimated Material Cost: $150.00
    Must also register for APPAR 3121
    Major requirement, Apparel Design majors only
    Registration by Apparel Design department, course not available via web registration