Fashion Design 320

DSNF 320: Apparel Draping

Credit Hours: (3) Six hours studio

Prerequisites: DSN 223, DSNF 205, DSNF 207; 2.5 in-major GPA, passing Portfolio Review, or permission of instructor.

Exploring of draping techniques for apparel design. Development of original designs on a three- dimensional form.


Detailed Description of Course

The student will learn the principles, methods, and techniques of garment design and dart manipulation by draping techniques. Topics include dart manipulation, added fullness to garments, contouring and silhouette development, use of fabric bias and stretch fabrics, and the draping design process


Detailed Description of Conduct of Course

The principles and techniques of draping will be presented.  In studio, the student will develop original design ideas using principles and techniques of draping.


Student Goals and Objectives of the Course

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will demonstrate:


1. The principles and techniques of draping for apparel design.

2. Body interaction with garment structure, function, and aesthetics.

3. Garment designs that lend themselves to draping techniques.

4. Design realization from concept to finished garment by draping methods.

5. Garment style identification and communication.

6. Critical thinking from the two-dimensional to three-dimensional form.

7. Self-directed design problem solving.



8. Garment fit; fitting devices use and evaluation.

9. The relationship between fabric characteristics and garment designs.

10. Apparel line development and documentation.

11. Garment and pattern quality standards.

12. Design process documentation, justification, and implementation, including design revision based on critique, constructive criticism, and self-reflection.

13. Effective time and project management.


Assessment Measures

Quizzes based on readings, lectures, and class exercises will assess students’ knowledge of course content. Studio assignments, exercises and critiques will assess the students’ knowledge of the human form and garment fit and their ability to apply the problem solving process. Written and oral critiques, preliminary design ideas, craftsmanship and concept development comprise an integral part of the evaluation criteria for all projects.


Other Course Information 

Outcomes may include:

Draping exercises (1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9)

Style library (draped garment swipes) (3, 5, 8, 9)

Rendered swimsuit line with one finished garment and specification package including flats, materials, and order of operation ( 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13)

Knit dress, finished (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13)

Bias slip dress (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13)

Design process documentation (4, 6, 12, 13)

Quizzes and tests (1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11, 13)

Boned bodice, laces (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 13)


Review and Approval