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Module 1: Introduction to Fashion Design

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The following activities require you to research and explore. Although they will not be evaluated, they will help you grow and develop as a fashion designer. 
 Module 1: Activity 1
Estimated Time: 10-15 minutes
This module discusses the three types or sectors of fashion design.
Now that you have a basic idea of what is available, you should explore each market further to determine the type of designer you might like to be. For this activity, you will be exploring the top designers in every sector. So, you should plan on researching the internet, visiting stores and exploring fashion magazines. Begin with mass market fashion design, which will be the easiest sector for you to observe. Unless you purchase haute couture or ready-to-wear designer clothing, you purchase mass market clothing yourself.
Next, you should flip through a fashion magazine or visit the designer section of your local department store and take note of the ready-to-wear designs. What are the notable differences between the mass market and ready-to-wear designs? Are there any advantages or disadvantages that you experienced as a shopper?
Finally, explore the elite world of haute couture, what sets these fashions apart among the rest? 
Module 1: Activity 2
Estimated Time: 10-15 minutes
The cycle of fashion flows much like a wave and helps designers to predict the ebbs and flows of design.
As you know, there are five stages in this cycle, which will determine whether a design will survive through a season of mass production. Take some time to review the five seasons in the cycle, then select a few of your favourite fashion designs throughout the years.
Select two designs from any era, which you have either worn or find appealing as an aspiring designer. Once you have selected a fashion, study the design and explain how the garment fits into each stage in the fashion cycle.
The answers, feedback, examples and advice section for this activity will be found in the Resource Section.
 Module 1: Activity 3 
Estimated Time: 10 minutes
The module discusses the origin of fashion design and where it came from. think back on what you learned and write a paragraph describing who invented fashion design and how it came to exist.
The answers, feedback, and advice section for this activity will be found in the Resource Section. 
Module 1: Activity 4
Estimated Time: 10 minutes
This module discussed some skills or characteristics that are important for an aspiring fashion designer to possess. 
The answers, feedback, and advice section for this activity will be found in the Resource Section. 
Think back on what you learned and list them.
 Module 1: Activity 5
Estimated Time: 10 minutes
Work your way through the following paragraph.  Make a list of the most appropriate words to fill in the missing blanks. There is a total of 10 for you to work through. 
he term avant 1_______ comes from the French term ‘advance guard’, or ‘vanguard’, to represent individuals or works that are 2________. In the world of fashion, avant garde 3_______ the most daring, 4__________ and wild designs.
As a fashion 5_______, you will spend a great deal of time analysing fashion trends and making predictions. In doing that, it is crucial that you can recognise a 6____, which is a temporary fashion 7_______ that becomes popular quickly and dies out fast.
Other important pieces of clothing in the world of fashion design are the 8________. These are the garments that are always 9_________ and remain popular, regardless of fashion trends. If you have a pair of blue jeans, a dark business suit, or a white dress shirt, then you own a few classic 10________ yourself.
 The answers, feedback, and advice section for this activity will be found in the Resource Section. 
 Interesting Facts
To be called an haute couture house, a business must belong to the Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture in Paris, which is regulated by the French Department of Industry. The syndicate has about 18 members, including such fashion giants as Coco Chanel, Christian Dior, and Pierre Cardin.
Source: infoplease.com
UK fashion has a unique spirit and energy that ignites the imagination of the world. From its cutting-edge trailblazers to the refined craftsmanship of its star designers, the originality and professionalism found in the UK make it one of the most influential fashion hubs in the world.
Source: thecreativeindustries.co.uk