Use of Formalized Inspiration for Teaching Apparel Design

By Casey Stannard and Kathy Mullet.

Published by The International Journal of Designed Objects

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Published Online September 14, 2015 $US5.00

Inspiration is at the very beginning stages of the design process and is arguably the most challenging aspect of the process to teach in the classroom. Content analysis is a method often used in historic research, in which themes are identified for a specific time period. Visual content analysis of apparel fashion for a specific time period was used in an apparel design course to better prepare design students for moving through the design process from inspiration to their own designs. This teaching module helped students to identify fashion trends, fostered research skills, promoted understanding of historic trends, and provided a simplified design process model in which inspiration became a more concrete concept. By simplifying the inspiration process students were more confident when approaching their design work.

Keywords: Apparel, Teaching, Design Process

The International Journal of Designed Objects, Volume 9, Issue 3, September, 2015, pp.33-41. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published Online September 14, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 428.345KB)).

Casey Stannard

Assistant Professor, Department of Textiles, Apparel Design, and Merchandising, Louisiana State University, Louisiana, USA

Dr. Kathy Mullet

Associate Professor, School of Design and Human Environment, Oregon State University, Oregon, USA