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Module 1: Introduzione a Fashion Design

    Study Reminders

    This first module introduced you to fashion and offered you a basic overview of what a fashion designer does on a daily basis. This module began with a basic definition of fashion design and introducing who invented it. You also learned many of the useful skills that a fashion designer should possess in order to be successful in this industry.
    Regardless of the speciality, each fashion designer performs the following essential functions:

    Researches fashion trends and makes predictions
    Visits manufacturers or trade shows to acquire samples of fabrics 
    Creates storyboards using sketches and designs 

    Utilises computer-aided designs to bring visions to life

    Makes technical patterns, sews, weaves, and knits
    Selects colours
    Works with models to help fit designs

    Attends and arranges fashion shows 

    Oversees the production of sample garments 

     Types of Fashion Design
    As a fashion designer, you should be familiar with these areas as you could be working for some or all of them throughout your career.
    Mass Market:
    Available in mass quantities at standard measurements. 
    A little bit more high-end and exclusive. Sold in smaller amounts and bear the designer’s name on the label
    Haute Couture: 
    Original creations that cost thousands of pounds. Designer will work directly with clients and arrange custom fittings and alterations. 
     The fashion industry is very competitive and constantly growing, so while there are some skills you can learn, an aspiring designer should possess some or all the same skills as seasoned professionals. The following skills are important:

    Communication Skills
    Knowledge of Current Fashion Trends
    Computer Experience
    Knowledge of Materials

    Strong Sewing Skills
    Drawing and Sketching Skills

     You should have also learned some important fashion terminology, which will help you as you continue your studies. 
    Some of the terms you learned touched on phrases you will use throughout your entire fashion career.
    Here is a list of the terms you have learnt:

    Avant Garde
    Fashion Year

     The module also covered the fashion cycle and explained how it affects the design process.
    Finally, you should have learned the five different stages within the fashion cycle, the characteristics of each stage, and how it affects the design process. They are as follows:

    Introduction Phase
    Rise Stage
    Peak Stage
    Decline Stage
    Obsolescence Stage

    Now that you have completed this module, you know some basic fashion concepts and are prepared to move on in the course. 
    In the next module, we will focus on the history of fashion and how it has evolved over the years.