Course Title: Create a fashion image for personal styling

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term1 2020

Course Code: GRAP5366C

Course Title: Create a fashion image for personal styling

Important Information:

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

School: 375T Vocational Design and Social Context

Campus: Brunswick Campus

Program: C5336 - Diploma of Fashion Styling

Course Contact: Paul Castro

Course Contact Phone: +61 3 9925 9234

Course Contact Email:

Name and Contact Details of All Other Relevant Staff

Michelle Interlandi

Shannon Meddings

Nominal Hours: 50

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 are no pre-requisites 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 GRAP6368C (MSTFD4002) Apply principles of colour theory to fashion design development and MANU7380C (MSTFD4014) Identify contemporary fashion influences and construction techniques.                   

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

STYIMA501A Create a fashion image for personal styling


1 Establish client profile and budget

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Client's market demographic is researched and analysed
1.2 Effects of client's lifestyle and work on style are evaluated
1.3 Budget is developed
1.4 Client's personal style preferences are captured


2 Analyse figure type

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Body features and proportions are analysed 2.2 Appropriate solutions to enhance or conceal body features are investigated


3 Analyse individual colour palette

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Colour theory is applied to individual's colour palette 3.2 Colour options for individual are investigated


4 Identify figure flattering designs

Performance Criteria:

4.1 Principles of fashion design are applied when determining appropriate designs for a range of figure types 4.2 The use of accessories as a means of accentuating or masking different features are applied 4.3 Fit of garment is evaluated in conjunction with client 4.4 The effect fabrications have on body shape, fit and garment design is evaluated


5 Recommend fashion styling image to client

Performance Criteria:

5.1 Style guide for individual client is created 5.2 Styling concepts are provided to client 5.3 Information is presented in concise format

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

  • class exercises to review discussions/lectures
  • practical demonstrations in studio
  • analysis/critique of relevant reading material
  • seminars/workshops
  • activities or projects
  • group projects
  • peer learning
  • class presentations
  • group discussion
  • research
  • independent project-based work
  • group activities/projects
  • practical placement
  • simulated workplace activities.

Teaching Schedule






Introduction to studying at RMIT Course Outline    Working safely in the workplace                                  What does a personal stylist do?




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)




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




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


Assessment presentation




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




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

• look at their influences

• who have they influenced today



Garment fit for different figure types

• fit details

• client details

• what styles suit different body types • tricks of the trade



Using accessories to accentuate/mask features

• proportion

• focal point

• textures

• colours





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)

Assessment presentation




Mid-semester break Thu 09 – Wed 15 April


Define your client

• customer life characteristics (demographics)

• age appropriate




Formative feedback

Dressing aptly and tribe types

• personal presentation-what message clothing communicates

 • choosing the appropriate clothes for the occasion/purpose

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




Repurposing historical fashion influences

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




Selecting for a client to meet within budget

  • how to present to your client
  • what happens if they don’t like your selections



Pre-Assessment review Formative feedback



Assessment presentation




16                                               Feedback Week

WEEKLY PLANNER MAY BE SUBJECT TO MODIFICATION Students will be notified of any changes.  











Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

Colour Theory

Turner, Christopher ; Young, Reed ; Turner, Christopher (correspondence author)

Apollo, May 2016, Vol.183(642), pp.60-65

The way she wears it : the ultimate insider's guide to revealing your personal style

Dallas Shaw

You are advised to look on Canvas for ongoing updated information.

  The University Library has extensive resources and provides subject specialist expertise, research advice, help with referencing and support through:
The learning Lab
The Study Support Hub
English for uni workshops  

Overview of Assessment

Assessment is ongoing throughout the course and will include a range of practical and theory components. Full assessment briefs will be provided and can be found on Canvas.

This is a Vocational Education and Training qualification and is assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Results that apply to courses that are delivered and assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment are:

CA: Competency Achieved
NYC: Not Yet Competent
DNS: Did not Submit for Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Students enrolled in Vocational Education and Training qualifications are assessed for Competency. To be assessed as Competent means you have consistently demonstrated the required knowledge and skills at a standard required in the workplace. To be assessed as Competent in this course, you will need to complete each assessment task to a satisfactory standard. You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Assessment Task 1: Personal Styling & Figure Types - The purpose of this unit is to research and evaluate body shapes and personal styling. Due date: Week 4

Assessment Task 2: 20th Century Influencers - Completing this project allows you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in researching and analysing the influences on 20th Century fashion and how to maintain good WHS practices. Due date: Week 9

Assessment Task 3: Style A Client -     Completing this project allows you to demonstrate your skills and knowledge in figure-enhancing looks for a client within a set budget, and how to maintain good WHS practices. Due date: Week 15

Assessment Matrix

The assessment matrix demonstrates alignment of assessment tasks with the relevant unit of competency. These matrices are available through Program Administration.

Other Information


Your learning experience will involve class-based teaching, discussion, demonstration and practical exercises

It is strongly advised that you attend all timetabled sessions. This will allow you to engage in the required learning activities, ensuring you the maximum opportunity to complete this course successfully.


Information about your studies:

You can access My Studies through the RMIT website for information about timetables, important dates, assessment dates, results and progress, Canvas etc.



Information on assessment including Special consideration, Adjustments to assessment, (eg. applying for an extension of time):


Academic Integrity and Plagiarism:

RMIT University has a strict policy on plagiarism and academic integrity. Please refer to the website for more information on this policy.


Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning:

Credit transfer is the recognition of previously completed formal learning (an officially accredited qualification).

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that allows you to demonstrate competence using the skills you have gained through experience in the workplace, voluntary work, informal or formal training or other life experiences. 

Please speak to your teacher if you wish to discuss applying for Credit Transfer or RPL for the unit(s) of competency addressed in this course.


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