B.S. Apparel Technical Design Students Present Final Prototypes
Students in the Bachelors of Science in Apparel Technical Design program recently presented their final group collection for their Prototype Development & Analysis class taught by FIDM Instructor Joy Somerville.
Their designs were displayed on dress forms as the students, one-by-one, gave Powerpoint presentations to a room of peers, instructors, family, and industry leaders. They spoke about the entire design process, covering not only their silhouette choices, but also their initial concept sketches, line sheets, colors, fabrications, and lessons learned.
Their cohesive collection, which they named Femme Mode, included dresses, jackets, blouses, bodysuits, and pants in lights, neutrals, and a stand-out gemstone blue, Pantone 19-4540, called Deep Lagoon. The fabrics they chose were wool, linen, satin polyester, and woolen cashmere.
They presented their garment fit notes and explained corrections they had to make. For example, one student found that she had to increase the front rise on the pants to correct the fit. Another student explained that they had to adjust the back neck at the yoke of their bomber jacket design.
Department Chair Eva Gilbert pointed out that it was good that the students asked the fit model for their opinion during the fit session, explaining that models know a good fit since they are so immersed in it. She gave the example that Paige was a fit model before she started premium label Paige Denim.
Attending the presentation was Alissa Ochoa, a recruiter at 24 Seven creative recruitment agency, who encouraged the students to contact her when they’re ready to look for work.
In the Prototype Development & Analysis (MPDV 4700) capstone course, students design a garment of their choice to be executed to their specifications by a local sample maker. In the process, they exhibit their understanding of fabric selection and proper garment fit; they validate their ability to give detailed, precise and complete instructions (developed in previous pattern drafting and technical design classes) to produce a completed prototype; and they demonstrate their time management skills by adhering to schedules and meeting deadlines.
“It was great to work with a patternmaker,” said student Mason Segal, “because we were able to focus on the fit instead of the mechanics of patternmaking.”
Pictured above (left to right) are Bachelor’s students Jillian Flaherty, Mason Segal, Nikki Rusinovich, Wonny Shin, Nathan Phan, Melissa Moreno, Kyleen Pray, and Haley Schaeffer.