Course Title: Identify contemporary fashion influences and construction techniques

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2018

Course Code: GRAP5228C

Course Title: Identify contemporary fashion influences and construction techniques

Important Information:

This unit is a core within the Diploma of Fashion Styling and must be successfully completed to achieve this qualification

School: 350T Fashion & Textiles

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5336 - Diploma of Fashion Styling

Course Contact: Anni Juracich

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9236

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Nominal Hours: 40

Regardless of the mode of delivery, represent a guide to the relative teaching time and student effort required to successfully achieve a particular competency/module. This may include not only scheduled classes or workplace visits but also the amount of effort required to undertake, evaluate and complete all assessment requirements, including any non-classroom activities.

Pre-requisites and Co-requisites

There is no pre-requisite for this course.

Course Description

In this course you will explore the elements and principles of design which can impact on the visual appearance of clothing on the body.  You will investigate what influences everyday clothing and accessory choices and how significant historical events and designers of the 20th Century influence contemporary designs. You will explore ways clothing is used to express a theme, mood and/or personality of the wearer, and the impact the overall style achieves. This unit is delivered and assessed concurrently with GRAP5358C (LMTFD4002B) Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development and GRAP5366C (STIMA501) Create a fashion image for personal styling.            

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

LMTFD4014B Identify contemporary fashion influences and construction techniques


1 Identify the function of clothing 

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Purposes of clothing are identified.
1.2 Characteristics  represented in clothing are identified.
1.3 Factors  which influence the way people dress are identified.
1.4 Function of clothing is related to fashion design.


2 Identify 20th century influences on role of designers

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Significantly influential fashion designers of 20th century throughout the world are identified.
2.2 Role of fashion designers through 20th century is described and compared to current expectations


3 Identify influences on fashion design from 20th century

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Fashion trends  from 20th century are identified.
3.2 Significant events  of 20th century are identified and related to fashion changes.
3.3 A decade  from 20th century is investigated to identify influences on fashion development and demand.


4 Identify construction techniques used through 20th century

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Design features of 20th century garments are identified.
4.2 Desired effects of design features are described.
4.3 Construction techniques to create design features are described.
4.4 Use of construction techniques in contemporary designs is identified.


5 Analyse fashion influences on current practice

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Design influences on current styling are analysed.
5.2 Design influences on current trends are analysed.
5.3 Use of construction techniques in current styles is analysed.
5.4 Influences of new and emerging practices are analysed.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in all the elements (+ performance criteria) listed for this unit within a fashion styling context.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include tutorials, practical workshops and off campus research where you will be challenged to reflect and debate on different concepts and issues surrounding contemporary styling situations and develop solutions for a design problem or brief.
You will be required to participate in case study learning, problem solving activities, self-reflection and discussion.  Activities will encourage both individual and group based learning responsibilities and outcomes.

Teaching Schedule



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Introduction to studying at RMIT
Course Outline
Working safely in the workplace
What does a personal stylist do? 
   • different types
What factors influence what we wear 
   • functions of clothing
   • figure types (basic)
Fashion Language
principles of fashion design;
   • what are they? - proportion, silhouette, etc.
   • how do they affect the appearance of your body shape?  (i.e. effect of fabric on body shape, fit and garment design)

Learning Activities –

Discussion on Personal Styling

Figure types –

  • Describe characteristics of each type
  • Identify type from images and for clients
  • describe clothing most suitable clothing
  • define your figure type

Design Theory –

  • Identify design principles and elements in clothing


Colour as an element of design - 
   • definitions/terms - value, hue, chroma/intensity/clarity
   • visual effects of colour - size, density, value, visual mixing, simultaneous contrast, motion, texture
   • colour schemes - investigate combinations of colour -  complementary, contrasting, analogous, triad, monochromatic


Learning Activities

Colour palette - photograph people wearing warm, cool and muted colour palette, present to class

Colour meanings + impact



Influences - trends, events, including -  breaking down trends (skirt hem lengths sleeve shapes), events (wars, rock and roll, hippy era), technological developments (plastics, bio culture)

    Learning Activities

Investigate  changes in clothing styles

Investigate influences on fashion


Style features and construction techniques of 20th century - pockets, detailing (broad, trends, on today), garment language


Learning Activities

Explore technology’s impact on clothing and accessories


Significant designers of 20th Century (influences on the role of the designer)

   • look at their influences

   • who have they influenced today


Learning Activities

Styling a shirt - breaking down the occasions, purpose, client details

Investigate chosen designers – present to class

Breaking down the 70’s


Garment fit for different figure types

   • fit details                                                                         

   • client details

   • what styles suit different body types

   • tricks of the trade

Learning Activities

    Fitting garments to suit your client



Using accessories to accentuate/mask features

   • proportion

   • focal point

   • textures

   • colours

Learning Activities

Design theory for accessories

Combining accessories with clothing


What’s in your wardrobe? -

   • personal preference - what can you decipher from a person’s wardrobe

   • how to begin to understand a client (getting inside their heads)

Learning Activities

Client profile –

  • Initial consult – communicating


Begin to define your client

   • customer life characteristics (demographics)

   • age appropriate)

Learning Activities

Client profile continued

  • Initial consult – communicating
  • style type &
  • preferences
  • budget


Formative feedback

Dressing aptly and tribe types

   • personal presentation-what message clothing communicates

   • picking the appropriate clothes for the occasion/purpose

   • personal preferences - sustainability - influence, longevity of clothing, production sensitive i.e. customer philosophy (bamboo, fur).

Learning Activities

Client profile continued


Repurposing historical fashion influences

   • how can you use what’s gone before (to make what’s in your wardrobe contemporary and innovative)

Learning Activities

Client consult


Selecting for a client to meet a budget

   • how will you present to the client? breaking down suggested pieces (classics, hero pieces, lbd, must haves, optionals)

   • what happens if they don’t like your suggestions?

Learning Activities

Client consult


Pre-Assessment review

Formative feedback

Discussion and Reflective questions on Assessment


Assessment presentation

    Present assessment to class


Assessment Feedback and review

Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will have access to a simulated styling design workroom, fitting rooms and facilities such as computer laboratories as required, plus an on-line learning HUB.   The University Library has extensive resources for Fashion and Textiles students. The Library has produced a number of subject guides that includes quality online and print resources for your studies Fashion and Textiles Library Guides including;   Fashion Styling library guide Fashion magazines Fashion books Databases (eg WGSN) The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Michelle Matheson (Brunswick)

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and has been designed to measure achievement of each element in a flexible manner. Assessment will incorporate a variety of methods including projects and assignments designed for students to demonstrate their ability to profile and tailor marketing to different segments. To successfully complete these course students must demonstrate competency in all elements as listed. 
This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. All assessment tasks must be completed before competency can be achieved. Feedback will be provided throughout the semester on all assessment tasks. 

Results for this course are delivered and assessed in accordance with Graded competency-based assessment are:
CHD Competent with High Distinction
CDI Competent with Distinction
CC  Competent with Credit
CAG Competency Achieved - Graded
NYC Not Yet Competent
DNS Did Not Submit for Assessment

Students will be eligible for a graded result higher than Competency achieved only if work is submitted on time and competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period and on the first assessment attempt. Units assessed as ‘not yet competent’ on a first assessment attempt and ‘competent’ on a second or subsequent attempt are to have results amended to competent but will not be eligible for grading. Students are advised that they may be asked to personally demonstrate their assessment work to confirm aspects of competency not evidenced in class or through assessments.

If you have a long term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.

Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online:

Assessment Tasks

Assessment task 1 - due week 6 Visual effect of clothing on the body In this assessment you will explore how to use the characteristics of clothes to enhance our body features.     Assessment task 2 - due week 12  Colours and Influences of the 20th Century.  In this assessment you will investigate significant influences on fashion across one decade of the 20th Century.     Assessment task 3 - due week 15 Styling for a Client. In this assessment you will carry out a personal styling consult session.

Assessment Matrix

Assessment Tasks







1 – Visual Effects of Clothing on the Body






2 - Colours and Influences of the 20th Century


2.1, 2.2

3.1, 3.2, 3.3

4.1, 4.3

 5.1, 5.2, 5.3

3 - Styling for a Client


1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4



4.2, 4.4

5.3, 5.4




Other Information

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