1 x 6-hour workshop weekly

5 x 3-hour lecture per semester
10 x 6-hour workshop per semester
1 x 1 week field trip once only
1 Admission into BCAFS-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Fashion)
2 9 units of FSHN topics
3 Admission into BCACD-Bachelor of Creative Arts (Costume Design)
Must Satisfy: ((1 and 2) or (3))
Assumed knowledge
It is assumed the students have basic fibre and fabric knowledge including being able to identify some fabrics by name, construction and composition.
Course context
Prerequisites :

  • Fashion Workshops 1, 2 and 3, and

  • Fashion Theory and Design 1 and 2.
Topic description
The identification of different textiles and the application of fabric to garment design are intrinsic to a career in fashion design and product development. In this topic students expand their study of fabric construction. Weave and knit constructions will be further examined, and elements such as lace making, computer jacquards, bonded fabrics, fancy knits, complex weaves, embroidered, embellished and fabrics for professional sports will be introduced.

Other areas, such as dying and printing, and sustainable practice, and the development, showcase and marketing of fabrics, and testing and labelling guidelines will also be covered.

In some years local and interstate field trips may be held.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:

  • provide students with the experience and confidence to experiment with practical applications relating to fabric and garments

  • expand students’ textile vocabulary, and their ability to communicate more effectively on the subject matter

  • Students should discover an appreciation for textile as the main raw material used in the development of fashion product.

  • develop technical knowledge of fabric will enhance students’ abilities as fashion designers.
Expected learning outcomes
It is expected that as a result of work in this topic students will be able to demonstrate:

  • an increased knowledge of fabric construction, composition and the range of specific fabrics available for use in the development of fashion product.

  • knowledge of fabric quality testing and garment labelling in relation to ISO and Australian standards.

  • knowledge of different fabric colourisation techniques such as dyeing, screen printing, digital printing (and others).

  • a strong awareness of environmental issues associated with fabric production and new sustainable practices in textile and garment development.

  • knowledge of the main machinery used in different textile construction (including circular knitting, flat bed knitting, fully fashioned knitting, lace making, wovens, jacquards, screen prints, digital prints, rotary printing)

  • knowledge of the main global textile trade fairs.

  • knowledge of technically advanced specialty textiles and their application in the garment industry.