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"Trend to Try" for Fashion Design

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Keywords: Fashion, Design, Page layout, Trends
Subject(s): Information Skills, Art, Photography, Journalism
Grades 9 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Technology Operations and Concepts
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School: Castro Valley High School, Castro Valley, CA
Planned By: Jennifer Parker
Original Author: Jennifer Parker, Castro Valley
This is inspired by a feature in Real Simple Magazine. Each month a page features a "Trend to try" with a specific trend mentioned such as animal print, ruffles, embroidery or indigo. The page has examples of how someone could wear the specific trend in accessories and/or clothes and a short write up about the trend.

Here is their online digital example:https://www.realsimple.com/beauty-fashion/ruffled-clothing-shoes-accessories

will use google draw, resize their paper to 8.5x11, add a background and 5ish images+text to reflect a "trend to try," Then they will use that printed moodboard to create their own fashion designs based on the trend.

Students will be practicing layout and using the basic digital tools: photography, image searching, copy/paste, resizing, layering images, creating backgrounds, transparency, adding and altering text in their "trend to try" mood board. They are encouraged to find the trend on campus and to include at least 1 of their own photographs and also searching for other images online.

Drawing Extension: Then they will be practicing their drawing skills using a croquis to design their clothes using pencil, colored pencils/markers and ink. They will practice drawing and tracing clothes on a fashion croquis, adding folds/shading/color/pattern into finished designs and overall styling of their designs as they gain inspiration from their mood board.

Show examples from Real Simple Magazine and other magazines displaying trends
Show student examples of finished work
Brainstorm Trends
Collect images: take photos and collect images online
Lesson on google draw: how to add a background, insert and resize images, transparency, text etc.
Lesson on Page design (focal image, negative space etc.)
Students create and submit their moodboards for comments, completed designs are printed out.
Drawing extension:
Students use croquis templates that they self designed or are provided by teacher to trace the figure and their clothing designs.
Students add color/pattern/ink to their finished designs and turn glue down both side by side on a large paper and turn in with completed rubric.

Summary of first part:
Trend to Try Digital mood board assignment:
Choose a trend (this can be a color, pattern, type of clothing, etc)
Open google draw, File-page set up-custom-8.5x11.
-a background
-Title (Trend to try...)
-text box (Explain the trend and how to use it)
-5ish images all showing examples of the specific trend
play with the layout: use transparency and overlapping.

Teacher example of moodboard: https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1JranszEljWuO1Lp3EOBV3q4mb3bCjDo2R8y9HMbz1Ss/edit?usp=sharing

few student examples:




Already have materials needed for the project: class set of chromebooks, projector, printer and art supplies. Students use their phones to take photographs.
See drawing extension
Materials: Point and Shoot, Art Tools, Printers, Reading, Literacy, Writing