This course is a collaboration with Special Olympics and the renowned fashion photographer Nigel Barker. The course will focus on reimagining how fashion, sport and design education can come together to generate new possibilities for inclusion and social justice. Students will be designing in deep collaboration with Special Olympics athletes to generate garments and collections for red-carpet events. Additionally, students will be collaborating with the Special Olympics team to design sport-specific, high performance garments for competition. Through this innovative co-design approach, the class will aim to develop incredible fashion design outcomes and powerful proposals for new types of inclusive fashion systems that can have profound and positive impacts on society. Specialized Studio 2 works in parallel with Design Studio 4 to provide students the opportunity to deepen their level of specialization within the discipline of fashion design. It enables students to take an individualized, self-initiated approach to creative and technical applications of fashiondesign, with the aim of increasing facility and competency through research and making. Students critically engage materiality, technology, social systems, sustainability and creative technical construction as means of establishing in-depth modes of inquiry. Students will continue learning and engaging the CLO3D software technology as an integral part of the course. An emphasis will be placed on achieving a much more advanced knowledge of CLO3D in close combination with the translation of digital design to physical fabrication and realization of physical materials, garments and products. As a part of the core sequence and building upon Specialized Studio 1, emphasis is placed on fostering an interdisciplinary approach to research, media, construction and communication. Students will develop a deeper awareness of the impact of their practice and technical aesthetic in relation to design development processes, social and user contexts and professional design practices. Students will enhance their ability to identify, develop, frame, negotiate and execute individualized routes of design inquiry. The course is delivered synchronously for 7 hours per week and asynchronously for 1 hour per week as a remote, fully engaged interactive online experience. Students will interact directly with faculty and peer groups, engage in research, practice the assignments, and process through a seamless digital and physical workflow.
Open to: Bachelors degree in Fashion Design majors only.
Pre-requisite(s): PUFD 3320 Design Studio 3 OR APFD 3011 Design Studio 3 and PUFD 3330 Specialized Studio 1 OR APFD 3013 Specialized Studio 1.