Fashion Design

Second Semester

Prerequisite of Intro to Design

Fashion Design explores the evolving field of the clothing we wear and why we wear it. Students will examine fashion design through historical and current frameworks, consider the process of a design from concept to consumer purchase, and identify key components of fashion pieces that distinguish it from others.


Evaluate the influence of history on fashion.

Compare theories of various fashion movements.

Compare and contrast fashion trends for different time periods.

Interpret the impact of fashion cycles on fashion.

Categorize fashion cycle silhouettes on a timeline.

Summarize the achievements of famous fashion designers.

Relate current fashions to various historical influences.

Interpret the impact of historical costume.

Distinguish between fashion capital groups based on their fashion house(s).

-Investigate emerging sustainability trends in design.

Identify sustainable practices in clothing including consumer awareness, upcycling, and supplier practices.

-Analyze effects of textile characteristics on design, construction, care, use, and maintenance of products.

Evaluate methods of coloring, dyeing, printing, and finishing fabrics.

Explain how fabric selection affects the finish of products.

Explore and identify emerging fibers and fabric technologies (example: antimicrobial, wicking, electronic textiles, performance textiles).

-Critique use of appropriate textiles for a design project.

Examine and select textiles for their quality and appropriateness for use.

-Analyze components of design for their effect on various products.

Explain how to use elements and principles of design for the best aesthetics.

Analyze garment styles and parts and their effect.

-Utilize technology to design within the design industry.

Create designs using technology commonly used in the apparel industry.

Research technology used with the apparel industry.

Use the appropriate technology tools for conveying information, solving problems and expediting workplace processes.

Use technology appropriately to effectively present information.

Demonstrate the technology skills needed for a chosen career field.

Identify the workplace value of technology tools and applications.

-Develop an apparel collection based on client interest.

Develop a design concept foundation through customer identification and research.

Explain the logistical elements required to produce an apparel collection.

Outline the stages in the apparel design process (i.e. inspiration, research, fabric development, sketching, prototypes, final samples).

Develop croquis sketch variations to discover design possibilities and solutions.

Revise the collection through an editing process to maintain a cohesive "look".

Critique the design collection through a critical editing process.

Recognize factors, constraints, goals and relationships in a problem situation.

Use information, knowledge and experience to generate original ideas and challenge assumptions.

-Apply design knowledge, skills, processes, and oral, written, and visual presentation skills to communicate design ideas.

Prepare visual presentations using a variety of media methods to communicate the design concept to the client.

Prepare an oral presentation of the design concept.

Represent design solutions to clients through concept development, schematic design, design drawing, and design presentation development.

Manipulate design plans based on client input.

Create a design portfolio.

Prepare presentations to provide information for specific purposes and audiences.

Deliver presentations that sustain listeners' attention and interest.

Exhibit professional etiquette in all interactions.

-Analyze career paths within the design industry.

Create an employment portfolio for use with applying for internships and work-based learning opportunities in design careers.

Produce a record of education and work experiences, licenses, certifications and projects/products to include in a portfolio.

Utilize technology to design within the design industry.

Develop an apparel collection based on client interest.

Apply design knowledge, skills, processes, and oral, written, and visual presentation skills to communicate design ideas.

Analyze career paths within the design industry.

Present a professional image appropriate for the job interview.

Communicate experiences, knowledge and skills identified in the resume and portfolio when interviewing.

-Apply business principles in the design industry.

Deconstruct how products are priced for selling (material costs, labor costs, overhead costs).

Apply the basics of the 4P’s of marketing (product, place, price, promotion).

Understand the knowledge and skills required of an entrepreneur.

Describe the opportunities for entrepreneurship in a given industry.

Weigh the opportunities, benefits and risks of entrepreneurship versus employment in a career.

-Analyze professional practice and procedures for business profitability and career success in design industry.

Demonstrate measuring, estimating, ordering, purchasing, and pricing skills for design products.

Analyze personal and employer responsibilities and liabilities.

Examine the progression of ethical practices in the design industry (sustainability--public health, welfare, environment; environmental responsibility; human ethical impact of fibers used in the industry--labor, labeling information).