This course provides the students with the opportunity to test new approaches to exploration of forms in fashion design. Especially, it focuses on generative pattern cutting supported by research methods. The course is divided into two parts, aiming at bringing a more reflective account of practice.
The course starts with a series of expositive lectures combined with discussion sessions. In this first part, students are exposed to methods developed by creative individuals within fashion and design and become familiar with artistic approaches based on research. The literature discussed serves both as a source of inspiration and space for discussing the differences between experimental and mainstream processes in fashion. Braced by these discussions, students outline a research approach and its application to practice.
The second part of the course braces hands on activities in which students put their proposed methods to test. Throughout this stage, the professor assists the students in solving issues that arise in regards to pattern cutting and developing a reflective practice. The first steps see the tuning of the methods towards more feasible outcomes. Later in the process the students focus on exploring forms by following their crafted methods and develop ways to document and analyze their own design process. They experiment under a less controlled environment, in which outcomes are often unplanned and learn from chances and accidents.
- Teacher: Julia Valle Noronha