On Teaching Fashion: Job Opportunities After Graduation

Graduation is in a couple weeks and many of our students will begin their search for a job in the apparel industry. This can be a daunting task, especially with our fluctuating economy. Parents often ask me questions such as “Do you think my child will be successful in the fashion industry?” or “Will my child get a job as a fashion designer?” How does a teacher address these questions? I …

On Teaching Fashion: Edutainment  

Textiles & apparel courses, such as patternmaking and draping, seem difficult to translate into an online course since students need to learn how to use tools and equipment specific in the textiles and apparel fields. Reading chapters in our book, taking quizzes, and writing essays is one thing, but the actual skill of learning patternmaking or draping techniques is difficult to teach online in my opinion. …

On Teaching Fashion: Should Teachers Design During Class?

Teaching a course that involves sewing, draping, and/or patternmaking requires that I show hands-on techniques when I am in the classroom. Using handouts, referencing diagrams in our books, and having pre-sewn examples are helpful but I believe that students need to see how to create a pant sloper, or how to sew a French seam from beginning to end with a live demonstration. I had considered making short videos …

On Teaching Fashion: Gender Neutral Design

Gender neutral design is making news again with Prada’s Spring 2015 Menswear  collection including remarks from the designer that  “…more and more, it feels instinctively right to translate the same idea for both genders.” Selfridges has also announced their new Agender project described as “a fashion exploration of the masculine, the feminine and the interplay…found in between.” A previous Wornthrough.com article titled Gender Neutral Fashion discussed this topic back in 2012, …

On Teaching Fashion: Guests in the Classroom

As I prepare for the new semester I am already thinking of which guests will be invited into our classroom for project critiques or lectures. We usually have outside professionals in the fashion industry visit our students and give them feedback on major projects or speak about their career path. The students enjoy this are more concerned with impressing these guests then us teachers, especially …

On Teaching Fashion: Recycling in the Classroom

The Fall semester is over and it is time to clean the sewing labs before I leave for the winter break. Before I just throw everything in the trash can, I try to think about recycling or reusing. I have a recycling bin for paper in the classroom that fills up quickly with discarded pattern paper during the semester. Unfortunately, the trash bin is overflowing with fabric …

On Teaching Fashion: I Do Not Know The Answer To Your Question

Have you ever lectured in a classroom filled with students and been asked a question that you could not answer? What do you do? Do you try to answer it as best as possible? Do you divert the question? Do you tell the student “we are not discussing this today” to avoid embarrassment? When I first began teaching I was worried about getting in this …

On Teaching Fashion: Students with Disabilities-UPDATED

Today I am reposting the Students with Disabilities article from June because a reader provided a useful link that I want to share with everyone: http://www.bestcolleges.com/resources/disabled-students/ This article covers your legal rights, what type of academic adjustments will be provided for you, and useful links to help students with disabilities. There is so much information so please click the above link and read over it. …

On Teaching Fashion: Auditing Courses

The fall semester has begun and I have a request from a student to audit one of my apparel design courses. This means that I don’t have to track attendance or grade any projects from this student. But since they are in my classroom, I still feel obligated to help them and answer questions since most of our design classes involve project based work. My …

On Teaching Fashion: Mobile Phones

There is a policy in my syllabus limiting the use of mobile phones in the classroom to emergency use only. It has been part of my class rules for years. But this year I am thinking of changing my view of mobile phones. I recently read an article titled “Texting in Class” by Scott Jaschik about the use of mobile phones during class in higher education. …

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