Fashion is dynamic and ever changing. It is one of the most powerful forces in our lives. It influences every facet of our lifestyle at a particular period in time e.g. the clothes we wear, the music we listen, the food we eat, where we go for holiday or the car we drive in.

Fashion is a big business and key driver for several industries e.g. apparel, accessories, textiles, automobiles, etc. The purpose of the course ‘Fashion Studies’ is to tell the students about the fundamentals of fashion design. Fashion Design as a profession includes the entire process of designing and producing fashion apparels from the fibre and yarn stage to the finished product.

The course will give an overview of fashion design and elaborate on different aspects like elements of design, history of fashion, fabrics, and understanding of the body, pattern development and garment construction.

Part B: Vocational Skills (60 Marks)

Unit 1: Overview of Fashion

Objectives of the course

  1. To introduce students to Fashion Studies and provide an overview of fashion
  2. To familiarize students with essential fashion terminology and theories
  3. To provide information about fashion designers and brands
  4. To clarify the roles of regulatory bodies and professionals in the garment industry

Learning outcomes

After completion of the unit, the students shall be able to do the following:

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge of fundamental aspects of fashion
  2. Explain appropriate terminology and theories related to fashion
  3. Explain the salient characteristics of fashion designers and brands
  4. Explain the roles of regulatory bodies and fashion professionals in the garment industry

Course Content

  • Understanding fashion: Introduction and definition
  • Factors influencing fashion
  • Key Concepts and Terminology
  • Movement and Direction of fashion
  • Consumers – Innovators, Motivators, Followers, Victims
  • Fashion Forecasting
  • Theories of fashion movement
  • Salient characteristics of fashion designers and brands
  • International Trade in Fashion
  • Fashion Regulatory Bodies in India
  • Role of fashion professionals

Unit 2: Introduction to Fabrics, Dyeing & Printing

Objective of the course

  1. To introduce students to natural and manmade fibers
  2. To develop awareness of spinning, weaving, dyeing and printing

Learning outcome

After finishing the course, the students shall be able to do the following:

  1. Identity and differentiate fabric varieties
  2. Explain the various processes of fabric manufacturing, dyeing & printing

Course Content

  • Textile fibers – natural and manmade
  • Yarns
  • Weaving
  • Dyeing and printing

Unit 3: Design Fundamentals

Objective of the course

  1. To introduce the students to various aspects of design
  2. To develop familiarity with different Elements of Design and Principles of Design
  3. To develop familiarity with common design terminology
  4. To develop skills of visualization and communication using design principles

Learning outcome

  1. After finishing the course, the students shall be able to do the following:
  2. Identify the Elements of Design
  3. Identify the Principles of Design
  4. Use appropriate design terminology
  5. Translate design concepts to design products

Course Content

  • Meaning of design
  • Basic Elements of Design – dot, line, shape and texture
  • Color Theory – Hue, tint, shade, tone, color schemes
  • Language and psychology of color
  • Principles of Design – rhythm, balance, proportion, emphasis
  • Silhouette and proportion in apparel

Unit 4: Materials Tools and Processes of Product Making

Objective of the course

  1. To introduce students to the sewing machine
  2. To introduce students with home fashion product categories
  3. To introduce students to leather product categories

Learning outcome

After finishing the course, the students shall be able to do the following:

  1. Develop proficiency in the use of the sewing machine
  2. Differentiate between stitched and unstitched products
  3. Explain categories of leather products

Course Content

  • Introduction to sewing machine - component parts and functions.
  • Sewing tools , Safety rules and Sewing Aids
  • Home Fashion Products
  • Leather Fashion Products