Apparel Design Course

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Photos by Amanda Torrisi

The Apparel Design course offers a foundation of the basic construction, draping, alteration, and fitting techniques used to create apparel. The emphasis of the course is on the proper fit and craftsmanship to produce high quality garments. Each student created one piece to be included in the collection. The garments are constructed by hand and need to be high quality as they are going to be sold in the FLY store.

This semester the students decided that the theme for their collection would be asymmetric lines using bold color blocks. Because of this, the target customer is a person who is not afraid to take risks! The age group is between 25 to 40 years old and can be a local Florentine or a foreigner. The color palette consists of neutrals such as off-white and light gray with pops of blue, purple, orange, and yellow. The students practiced creating their designs using muslin to get a sense of what the final product would look like. Overall, their designs turned out great and fit the models well. Next, they were able to adjust the sizes and finalize the patterns. The final design requires a lot more finishing details than the muslin prototype, such as adding lining and zippers. The Straw Class is creating hats and headpieces to match the theme and outfits which the Apparel Design students are creating. The students chose to use a clear shoe in order to keep the focus on the outfits. Another step along the process was to choose which model would where each outfit on the runway. This semester the students worked extremely well together creating a team atmosphere. They stated that the class was challenging but very rewarding!
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