Italian Fashion Design

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ARTS(FD)301 Italian Fashion Design

Credits: 3
Offered: Fall, Spring
Prerequisite: None

The main goal of this course is to give students a complete understanding of Fashion Design in Italy, covering basic techniques of design and production, as well as a historical and hands-on approach to Italy’s fashion companies. The course is structured so that each session has a theoretical section and a practical activity. Lectures are meant to direct, support and inspire students, as well as to give a greater understanding of the fashion world and a solid base for their research. Activities include: reading and writing, mannequin and figure drawing, designing, patternmaking basics, dress-making techniques, hand sewing, trips to companies and the creation of a personal portfolio with all the course work for the final exam. Students will be able to pick their portfolio and final project themes based on their personal interest in fashion and follow them back into design history, leading them to a sociological and then historical perspective, which greatly enhances a more complete and complex understanding of fashion.

Students enrolled in SACI's Fashion Design course have the opportunity to participate in the Fashioning Spaces Program, an interdisciplinary program developed through a collaboration between SACI and the Ferragamo Foundation and Museum in Florence. For more information about the Fashioning Spaces Program, please see the brochure.

(See syllabus below. An updated syllabus will be posted at the beginning of each term.)

Course Syllabus Fall 2016 (Orazio Lo Presti)

Course Syllabus Spring 2017 (Jessica Hayoz)