The Fashion Design POD was newly formed this semester, the first of its kind. It comprised of around 15 students from grade 6 upwards, all girls unsurprisingly. These students included Evanka, Samhita, Maya, Lola, Shivani, Maigun and many more. Some of the students were part of the costume design department during the production of The Kick, The Quest And The Question and were quite aware of design and costume creations.
Through the course of these few weeks I executed a plan to teach them how to sketch designs in a more professional manner. They learnt to label each part of their sketch, include fabric swatches and use colors to represent their ideas in a more professional way. To get them accustomed to the proportions of a human body, they were given templates to sketch on. This helped them understand lengths and patterns in applicable to the female form. They also looked at designs from their favorite brands and movies for ideas. This made them see the variety of elements that come together to make a single piece.
They explored various aspects of the use of colors with the trendy fading of one color into another. In terms of patterns they looked at the harmony of silhouettes-necklines, sleeves and hems, as well as fabrics appropriate for a particular design. The students were given samples of all kinds of different patterned and colored fabrics from embroidered silk to rough jutes. They learnt about textures and the fall of fabrics.
Some of them took inspiration from the fabrics and incorporated them into their design. For example one of them saw a piece of sequined sheer fabric and coupled that with turquoise to create a beautiful boat necked dress. Others only needed their imagination to give vent to their creative juices to spew design after design.
From ball gowns and beach dresses to crop tops and smart shirts, these budding designers produced some really amazing sketches, finally putting them all up on display on the day of the PODS exhibition.