Course Title: Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs

Part B: Course Detail

Teaching Period: Term2 2019

Course Code: GRAP6969C

Course Title: Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs

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

Paul Castro

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

MSTFD4014 - Identify influences on contemporary fashion designs and construction techniques

Course Description

In this course you will investigate, evaluate and analyse global design trends and the effect they have on contemporary fashion. You will investigate popular culture, look at forecasting trends and manage style realisation in the form of a photo shoot around a predicted trend.

This unit is delivered and assessed with GRAP5362C (BSBDES602) Research global design trends and GRAP5361C (BSBDES601) Manage design realisation.             

National Codes, Titles, Elements and Performance Criteria

National Element Code & Title:

MSTFD5007 Analyse influences on contemporary fashion designs


1 Identify significant influences on contemporary fashion

Performance Criteria:

1.1 Investigate significant influences on contemporary fashion
1.2 Identify what role these influences play on contemporary fashion preferences


2 Use fashion reference sources

Performance Criteria:

2.1 Identify current theories of fashion adoption and dissemination

2.2 Identify changes in fashion cycles within contemporary fashion scene and predict future cycles

2.3 Research a current fashion trend and identify its theory of fashion adoption

2.4 Identify the role of media available in 21st Century and what role media play in the process of adoption and dissemination

2.5 Research a current fashion trend and analyse the role of a specified media type on its adoption and dissemination


3 Investigate fashion forecasting

Performance Criteria:

3.1 Identify the purposes of fashion forecasting

3.2 Identify and compare different methods of predicting future fashion directions

3.3 Identify a possible future trend and provide illustrations with evidence to support why it could be adopted

3.4 Use communication tools and presentation skills appropriate to the fashion industry

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will have developed and applied the skills and knowledge to demonstrate competency in the above elements.

Details of Learning Activities

Learning activities may include visits to fashion stores, presentations and tutorials. You will collate and analyse complex information gathered from your off campus research and present this to your peers. You will use these peer exercises to explore how to tailor your presentations to your audience.

Teaching Schedule





Origin of a Trend:

Introduction and course overview


Fashion trend group activity Activity - discussing and identifying relevant trends for the styling sector.    



Origin of a Trend:

How do trends originate?

Theory of trend adoption and dissemination


Activities - 

Work on Asst 1


Origin of a Trend:

Fashion cycles and Trend types

Activities - 

Work on Asst 1




Origin of a Trend:

Trends and Media

Activities - 

Finalise Asst 1 for submission


Trend to concept:

Introduce Assessment 2

Identify 2 WGSN’s Trend Forecast  Students to research each trend and present in groups.  


Trend to concept:
Other influences

Analyse other influences to crosscheck trends. Trend selection and analysis.   Class time to work on Assessment 2


Trend to concept:  Colour & Textures Silhouette & Graphics    ASSESSMENT 2:  Trend to Concept - Part A (Visual Diary/ Research) Colour palette & Texture forecast and development for styling   Class time to work on Assessment 2
WEEK 8 Trend to concept:  Developing a personalised concept       How to develop your own concept.    


Trend to concept:  Accessories, Hair and Makeup. Accessories and Makeup forecast and development for styling Class time to work on Assessment 2


ASSESSMENT 2: Trend to Concept - Part B (Visual and Oral Communication) Students to present Assessment 2 Peer and individual feedback Introduce Assessment 3


Trend and Concept Realisation:  Trend research and practical application.

Class time to work on trend research


Trend and Concept Realisation: Trend research Concept development   Students to work on Final Concept - Moodboard. Visit to Red Cross store    


Trend and Concept Realisation: Concept presentation 5-minute oral presentation and feedback

Pre-approval presentation and feedback.

Time to implement changes if necessary


Trend and Concept Realisation Work on Assessment 3 

Photoshoot + Final Presentation to Red Cross (TBC)


ASSESSMENT 3: Trend and concept realisation - final submission

Class time to work on reflection


End of Year event


Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts


Other Resources

You will have access to a simulated styling workroom/computer laboratories.

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

The Library provides guides on academic referencing  and subject specialist help via your Liaison Librarian Michelle Matheson (Brunswick)

You will also have access to the RMIT on-line Learning HUB

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 manage the design process from design concept to final design realisation. To successfully complete this course students must demonstrate competency in all elements as listed.
This course is assessed in accordance with competency-based assessment. To demonstrate competency in this course you will need to complete all the assessment to a satisfactory standard.

You will receive feedback from the teacher at the conclusion of each assessment task.

Competency is achieved only if competency has been demonstrated within the standard enrolment period. 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.

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 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.
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 5
Origin of a Trend
This assessment is about using fashion theories to analyse and understand the adoption and dissemination of new fashion trends. More specifically, this is about researching a trend, anaylising its main characteristics, describing the influences that shape it and understanding the role of the media in popularizing and spreading the trend.


Assessment Task 2 - due Week 10
Trend to Concept

As stylists, you need to be able to understand how WGSN works, analyse their forecasted trends, relate them to what is happening around you and interpret these trends into your own personalized theme. The purpose of this assessment is to guide you in preparation for your final concept boards and editorial shoot at the end of the semester.  


Assessment Task 3 -due Week 15
Concept Realisation

In this assessment, you will bring together your knowledge of identifying current trends and predicting future fashion influences to showcase your styling skills in a real-life brief/situation. You will assist a brand to gain market awareness in a commercial environment.

Assessment Matrix

A competency matrix is available. If you want to view the matrix please contact

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