On Teaching Fashion: Interactive Engagement Lab

  I generally teach fashion design studio courses where my student number around 18-20. This is Ideal. I like to get to know my students, their process, their names and aspirations. In the fall each year I teach a foundation lecture course that focuses on Sustainability in the Fashion Industry. My classes are large and switching from the intimacy a studio course provides to a …

On Teaching Fashion: Go Time!

My syllabus is printed; my lectures (for the first 5 weeks) are complete. I have a detailed timeline and a daily agenda that breaks my three-hour lecture into manageable sections. Seemingly organized and straightforward, my teaching has a way of always seeping into the time I set aside for my writing and research every semester. There it goes, again! All the great work I thought …

On Teaching Fashion: Teaching and Learning

  At the end of each semester my university offers a unique opportunity for faculty to learn. The Summer Faculty Institute offers a weeklong, hands-on curriculum for faculty and others involved in teaching. It is immersive, informal, collegial and extremely fun. The sessions are interactive and focus on the latest technological advances in classroom and online instruction. The opportunity to engage with colleagues across the …

On Teaching Fashion: Digi-Atelier

This week I will introduce an innovative teaching project I have been working on: Digi-Atelier: A 24/7 Video-Based Design Tutorial Resource Library. Foundation level fashion design courses serve to provide incoming students from diverse skill backgrounds with cohesive hands on learning. Skill-building and core knowledge in the form of tutorials related to sewing, fabrics, garment construction, design principles and practices as well as hand and …

From The Archives: Ground Shift

On Teaching Fashion: Ground Shift. Please enjoy this article on the past and future of our field. What makes a program vibrant? What causes a program’s demise? I know these are complex questions that are not easily answered. While some programs seem to be fading out others are busting at the seams. I am interested in tossing this question out to you and getting your …

On Teaching Fashion: Preparing To Teach a Large Class

    I have been assigned to teach one of the larger lecture courses in our department next fall.  Normally, I teach smaller design classes and pride myself being present and available to my students, who I call on by name and with whom I interact with daily.   How can I apply my tools to a large lecture course? It is as if I have …

On Teaching Fashion: Blank Canvas

I was so inspired by Karen Bravo and her post Hello My Name Is…, welcome Karen! Karen’s post has me envisioning my ideal experience this semester, it all starts with day one. The first day of class sets the stage and cadence of the whole semester. This first session is precious!  I gaze out onto a sea of well rested, healthy and energized students (with …

On Teaching Fashion: Shared Ethics on Internships

In the competitive field of fashion, internships have traditionally provided a foot in the door for many students who, during winter or summer sessions, manage to fund an immersive industry experience. As a University Professor, students often request to meet with me to advise them on internships. Beyond our field, there is a conversation in full swing on the ethics of internships. As I educate myself …

From The Archives: Digital Resources for Other Target Markets

I am in the midst of midterm design inspiration research for my class in Fashion Drawing.  One main objective of the project is to design a series of looks for an emerging or less represented target market. I explain in my introduction of the target market that the woman in her 20’s who lives on the Upper East Side has enough clothing to wear to …

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