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Fashion Workshops - Paris America Academy

FASHION WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP STRUCTURE: Core Program + Specialization

Student will participate in the core program; Essentials of French Fashion and choose one of the following specialization’s : DESIGN PROCESS, COUTURE TECHNIQUES or FASHION MERCHANDISING & COMMUNICATION.

During the program students may have the opportunity to participate in hands on workshop organized by estimed specialists in textiles, specifically in the Shibori and Nunofelting, in hats, in sissal, or felt, in feathers, in embroidery, in the Gres Couture method or in Haute Couture techniques

CORE PROGRAM: Essentials of French Fashion

Orientation

  • General orientation meeting
  • Welcome and farewell buffet meals
  • Introduction walking tour of the Latin Quarter and the PAA area
  • Paris city tour by motor-coach
  • Survival French language course

Fashion Events

  • Fashion show invitations and back stage fashion show experience
  • Professional exhibitions: Who’s Who & Salon Prêt à Porter

Presentations by specialists

  • French Luxury Industry and Parisian Boutiques
  • French Draping techniques
  • Who’s Who in contemporary European fashion
  • Couture Grès Method
  • History of Fashion from Worth to Today
  • Developing textiles with Shibori and Nunofelting techniques
  • Working with Hats and Feathers/li>
  • Trend Forecasting

Museum and on site exhibition visits

  • Louvre
  • Orsay
  • Pompidou
  • Musée des Arts Decoratifs: ¨Déboutonner la Mode¨
  • Palais Galliera : Lanvin
  • Fondation Pierre Berger-YSL – Scandale Collection 1971
  • Grand Palais – Jean-Paul Gaultier

Practical Workshops

  • Developing Headwear
  • The art of working with Feathers
  • Shibori and Nunofelting textiles
SPECIALIZATION: Couture Techniques

Student Profile: Up to 2 years of study or experience in fashion design including pattern making, sewing and drawing, concurrent enrollment with European Fashion Seminar

DESCRIPTION:

This Couture Techniques course is divided into High fashion sewing and tailoring techniques and French Draping.

The course is designed to introduce these techniques to beginners or enhancing the techniques of those who possess a basic to advanced
knowledge.

  •  High fashion tailoring techniques incorporates Haute Couture and Sewing Techniques. These include demonstrations and practical application of hand and machine sewing, artistic embroidery as well as ‘tested secrets’ when working with lace and other delicate materials.
  • French Draping methods: Draping techniques are based on Haute Couture models by such fashion icons as Madame Grès, Cristobal Balenciaga, Christian Dior, or Madeleine Vionnet. Demonstrations are followed practical application with correction during intensive sessions.

These classes afford students the opportunity to realize original creations as they create a drape inspired by the Madame Grès or the Balenciaga couture method and a dress to be draped and sewn in fashion fabric.

Method: Presentations, examples, demonstrations, individual artistic and technical assistance, group critiques.

Students examine couture as well-conceived, well-executed garments and how to assemble them as a successful collection. The course is a comprehensive study of techniques using a variety of fabrics; students are taught sewing and construction methods of varying complexity and explore how to select appropriate materials and techniques for particular styles.

Students also study flat-pattern making and draping, led by drapers and sewers from Madame Grès and other design houses.

Classes encompass theory, practical demonstrations and small exercises involving delicate materials such as lace, chiffon and sequins. These classes afford students the opportunity to realize original creations as they create a drape inspired by the Madame Grès or the Balenciaga couture method and a dress to be draped and sewn in fashion fabric.

SUPPLIES NEEDED

Balenciaga

  • 3,80 meters of taffeta (width 1,40 m)
  • 1 normal thread (cotton) to match the color of the dress
  • 1 meter organza (per 4 students)
  • 1 Button

For Grès

  • 6,5 meters of Jersey (viscose)
  • 1 strong waistband (2 cm wide)
  • 1 cotton band to fit the waist
  • 1 meter of organza (per 4 students)
  • 1 bobbin of fine and 1 bobbin of normal thread (cotton) to match the color of the dress
  • 2 pairs of Hooks and eyes (2 mm) black or silver depending of color of dress
  • Snaps of metal (2 mm) black or silver depending of color of dress.

Students will also need 1 bobbin of thread (cotton) with contrasting color (white for a dark dress, and a contrasting but subtle color for a light colored dress).

SPECIALIZATION: Design Process

Student Profile: Up to 2 years of study or experience in fashion design including pattern making, sewing and drawing,concurrent enrollment with
European Fashion Seminar

DESCRIPTION:

This design program is includes Trends Forecasting and Design Process. The course provides students with background knowledge of the Paris fashion world (both current and historical), trade shows analysis as well as design techniques. Special attention is given to sketching for fashion design. Students will be asked to collect design research (such as photos, postcards, drawings, color samples), on their own time, to bring to the classes inspirational visuals and materials. They will create a mood board with these elements, appropriate to their design subject.

  • Trends information is provided through a series of lectures and presentations, analyzing of fashion shows, trade fairs trend and outlining the Who’s Who in design. This theory-based fashion component provides design research for both Design Process and Textile Design.
  • Design Process includes representational techniques, color concepts and fashion illustration. The ability to produce a quantity of rough drawings, to show the students’ thought processes will be encouraged. Finally, the students will execute a collection of finished, colored illustrations of their designs.
    Professional, practical and transportable mounting techniques will be taught. During the last class, each student will present their completed design project.

Method:

Lectures and presentations, examples, demonstrations, individual artistic and technical assistance. In keeping with the ‘hands on’ approach of the course, site visits are planned according to the fashion calendar and include trades and or fashion shows.

Students continue the process of becoming designers with a global vision as they explore the components of international design and retail product development.

Theoretical and practical classes are led by industry professionals with one-on-one tutelage. These classes explore how the trend industry works and the tools employed to predict developments, the various elements of a collection, and the drafting and design of portfolios.

They are taught essential skills behind each step of the design process such as understanding the market, technical drawing, the creation of mood boards, color stories and professional layouts, and an introduction to haute couture techniques. Through research and museum visits, students develop a historical appreciation of design and can thereby build a unique, visual style lexicon inspired by the past to be interpreted in the present.

This growth prepares them for future collection development.

Assignment requirements

  • Design : Complete research and design portfolio
  • Couture : Complete Couture Techniques with presentation and exhibition
  • Trend-forecasting : Trend board
SPECIALIZATION: Fashion Merchandising & Communication

Student Profile: Basic English composition and fashion industry knowledge, open to all students, concurrent enrollment with European Fashion Seminar Building on the information acquired in the European Fashion Seminar lectures and visits, students will complete a series of assignments designed to simulate the type of work that a merchandising professional may be asked to complete while on a business trip to Paris.

Building on the information acquired in the CORE PROGRAM Seminar lectures and visits, students complete a series of assignments designed to simulate the type of work that a merchandising professional may be asked to complete. Students study the nature of the international luxury industry and its modern-day media through a series of lectures by industry specialists from marketing, journalism and trend-forecasting.

The course is comprised of 4 components:

  • Luxury Industry business of fashion (from both an organizational and a merchandising perspective)
  • The art of trend-forecasting
  • The design of fashion boutiques
  • The marketing process i.e. public relations and the press release and the skills behind fashion writing and editing.

Building on the information acquired in the CORE PROGRAM Seminar lectures and visits, students complete a series of assignments designed to simulate the type of work that a merchandising professional may be asked to complete.

Students study the nature of the international luxury industry and its modern-day media through a series of lectures by industry specialists from marketing, journalism and trend-forecasting.

The course is comprised of 4 components:

  • Luxury Industry business of fashion (from both an organizational and a merchandising perspective)
  • The art of trend-forecasting
  • The design of fashion boutiques
  • The marketing process i.e. public relations and the press release and the skills behind fashion writing and editing.

Assignment requirements

  • Luxury Industry : Research paper and presentation
  • Trend-forecasting : Trend board
  • The design of fashion boutiques : Boutique project
  • The marketing process : Press release & fashion editing project and product image