In this course, students will approach the fundamentals of Italian couture techniques from a practical, technical, and historical point of view. The program will introduces students to the traditional and innovative design and tailoring methods performed by prestigious Italian fashion houses, f.i. Fontana’s Sisters, Elsa Schiaparelli, Valentino, Gianfranco Ferré.
The aim of this course is to give fashion design students the opportunity to experience the traditional craftsmanship methods of Made in Italy’s luxury garments. In fact, the course’s main objective is to make students aware of each step of the research process as a means to create haute couture garments. The construction process includes: study of proportion, balance and silhouette, pattern making, cutting and draping techniques, garment development, construction and finishing. The course also focuses on couture sewing methodologies, decorative techniques, embellishments and the art of manipulating and recognize prestigious fabrics. At the end of the semester, students will have designed and produced a portfolio of their works as well as a capsule collection, which they will present during a final exhibition/fashion show.