Fashion Design - Collection Building - Spring Semester.
Semestral Course - Milan.
Start date: February 2017
Duration: 15 weeks
Attendance: full time
Fall semester - The IED Milan Fashion Design – Collection Building semester offers students the possibility to refine and utilize high-level technical and methodological skills in the completion of completed personal designs in menswear, womenswear and knitwear.
Completion of this program can facilitate further study or professional opportunities in the multifaceted fashion industry.
Focuses on the acquisition and development of design, knitting and tailoring techniques as well as an in-depth study of textiles in order to complete a “creative” collection project in menswear, womenswear and knitwear.
The semester is divided between practical courses covering technique and form such as drawing, knitwear, tailoring, materials and patternmaking and individual modules for the specific collection projects.
This program is intended for those with basic knowledge and skills in fashion design, good freehand drawing skills and mastery of Photoshop and Illustrator.
The “project work” semester is structured around courses that introduce the Italian design system, understanding company and marketing dynamics, analyzing current trends in interior design in terms of language, and understanding form and materials. Students will use their analytical skills and theoretical knowledge to develop and complete a hands-on design project as a final semester work.
The IED approach offers students the unique opportunity to work directly with industry professionals as part of their academic experience and professional development thanks to long-standing relationships with Italian fashion and design industry leaders.
This semester program is open to current students, graduates and professionals seeking to define or acquire new skills and perspective. IED is able to provide further information regarding course content, facilities and faculty upon request. IED facilitates students spending a semester or academic year abroad by facilitating credit transfer in collaboration with the student’s home institution.
Introduces contemporary trends and designers in order to gain consciousness about one’s identity and positioning vis-a-via fashion. This serves as the foundation for the following course components and projects: research, detection and analysis of a concept; stylistic knowledge of the sector and of trends; idea development; key elements of the moodboard; realization of a book of materials and colors; application of the individual working and presentation of a final book.
Fashion Pattern Making And Tailoring Techniques.
Covers the basics pattern making and tailoring techniques. Particular emphasis will be given to the womenswear and menswear coordinated collections and their realization. Concepts of pattern cutting and sewing, with a specific glossary of terms necessary to develop the technical ability to make garment patterns and prototypes will be covered. A detailed analysis of the technical terms and design for the creation of the following patterns: skirt, trouser, bodice, corset, dress, t-shirt, sleeves, collars, pockets, buttoning and fastening, zippers and cutting placement.
Introduction To Knitwear.
The course will enable students to explore the various knitting techniques, to experiment with yarn and color directly on the machines in order to acquire new skills and knowledge. This course introduces the field of knitwear by focusing on the following main topics: Analysis of knitwear design, research and experimentation. Emphasis on use of color, texture and the ability to create new knitwear forms. Learn how to exploit diverse techniques and combinations of techniques, use of yarns to achieve the effect best. In addition students will examine various knitting techniques, experiment with yarn and color directly on the machines in order to gain processual and technical know-how.
Menswear Collection Project.
Introduction to the fundamentals of designing a coordinated collection of men’s clothing. Research on trends and fabrics for the chosen theme, in order to find the right ideas and the inspiration, which will be developed afterwards. Main topics include: realization of a book, starting from the choice of the concept; the presentation of the moodboards for atmosphere; colors and the inspiration key words and images, focusing then on single theme. The course will conclude with a final presentation of a collection book consisting of: figure designs, details in the style, colors, fabric swatches with the description of the yarns, quality, supplier, art, number etc.
Personal Design And Portfolio.
Is concerned with improving confidence and ability in drawing and examines a variety of approaches that can be used in fashion illustration. This is the basis for the creation of a final personal portfolio. Main course topics include: research preliminary to mood-boards; technical drawing for fashion and the representation of student’s collection items; study of the main techniques experimented in illustrations; study of the more innovative and experimental illustration techniques (such as media, spry art, collage and performance) aiming at leading every student to the development of a personal drawing language; realization of a personal portfolio that will be submitted for the exam.
Technology Of Materials.
The objective of this course is to give the students a foundation of all aspects of fabric - from the fiber to the finish in order to develop a technical knowledge of the textile manufacturing process and also an understanding of the different types of fabrics. Students will prepare a ‘textile book’ where each type of fabric must be identified with a sample along with a definition (both technical and descriptive) and a photographic example of the type of fabric made up in a garment. Main topics covered in this course include: general introduction (natural and synthetic fibers); fabric structures: woven; dyeing and printing processes; fabric finishing; suitability of fabrics to specific garment shapes; identification and analysis of fabrics – individual research.
Textile Pattern Drawing.
This course focuses on how to experiment with textile techniques of construction, embellishment and print so as to become aware of the possibilities of expression by means of the fabric. Main course topics and students works include: Understanding of the characteristics of the materials used; analysis of textile pattern and texture techniques within a chosen trend; development of a visually exciting collection of textile designs relevant to the chosen trend; creation of a stimulating impact exploring creative sense of style developed in various pattern making techniques.
Womenswear Collection Project.
Introduction to the fundamentals of designing of a coordinated collection of women’s clothing. Research on trends and fabrics for the chosen theme, in order to find the right ideas and the inspiration, which will be developed afterwards. Main topics include: realization of a book, starting from the choice of the concept; The presentation of the moodboards for atmosphere; the colors and the inspiration key words and images, focusing then on single theme. The course concludes with a final presentation of a collection book consisting of: figure designs, details in the style, colors, fabric swatches with the description of the yarns, quality, supplier, art, number etc.
IED International relations:
IED belongs to Cumulus, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media, and has stable relations with many universities and international academic associations.