FashionCAD Spring 2011 Student Work

The image boards on this post represent one fashion product development project from the Spring 2011 FashionCAD class.


Their assignment was to research themes and colors for Spring 2012 and develop a fashion grouping to represent their theme.

Each student developed a:

  • Theme Concept Board
  • Theme Description Board
  • Color Chip Board
  • Fabric Content Board
  • Print [Patterns & Solids] Concept Board
  • Line Board

At the end of the class students had their fashion product development project printed and bound into a flipbook for their portfolios.

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The Girls of Buffalo State Loves Cotton

The images below illustrate the models that represent different phases of the Buffalo State Loves Cotton project.

During the fashion product development phase of the project, 2D garment patterns were developed in the OptiTex application and  they were simulated on to 3D models that had the fabric patterns applied to the garment patterns. This was before the garment patterns were printed out, before custom fabric  was ordered and the actual garment construction took place.

OptiTex models

The next phase involved actual construction of the garments and participation in the Runway 4.0 event that was held at the Pierce Arrow Building 4/16/10.

Runway 4.0 garments
After the Runway 4.0 event took place, students in the FashionCAD class used fabric designs [SL textures] and OptiTex  models of garments as a guide to try to replicate the Buffalo Loves Cotton garments in Second Life to recreate the fashion show virtually. No students had ever experienced working in a 3D virtual environment before.

BLC models in Second Life

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Buffalo Loves Cotton Second Life Project

The spring 2011 FashionCAD class worked on a Buffalo Loves Cotton in Second Life project. This was but one of many class projects for the FashionCAD class and one of multiple Fashion and Textile Technology course projects that are part of the Buffalo State Loves Cotton Inc. Education Grant.

Students initiated the project by setting up free accounts Second Life accounts, familiarizing themselves with learning the basics of moving, flying and communicating with thir avatar before all meeting up on the Buffalo State island. [note: The Buffalo State island in Second Life is sponsored by the Research Foundation at Buffalo State College]

Students familiarized themselves with the Appearance menu to develop basic clothing inside Second Life, then they practiced using the poseballs and learning how to take snapshots to disk while in Second Life and extract the backgrounds in Photoshop.  They uploaded their original repeat pattern textures and applied them to flexi skirts and use them to create custom outfits in Appearance.

UV Map

The next step was to learn how to develop a customized design using a UV map. Their first UV map project students worked on was with a t-shirt using one of their custom designs. Once they became familiar with how a UV map could be used to develop custom garments, they uploaded some of the custom repeat patterns they developed for previous assignments.

Buffalo Loves Cotton Second Life Girls

Their final Second Life project goal was to replicate the Buffalo Loves Cotton garments using surface patterns and garment designs developed by a previous group of students. They used Robin Wood’s Second Life UV maps to draw garments similar to the ones that were developed and constructed for the Runway 4.0 event [above left]. We all went to freebie places in Second Life to locate hair, skins shows and accessories to wear for the fashion show were preparing for.

Once their Buffalo Loves outfits were created they used the poseballs to take snapshots of their avatars [image above right].

The conclusion of the Second Life module was a Buffalo Loves Cotton fashion show. Students activated an animation object and rehearsed walking their avatars up and down the runway before the final video [above] on the runway.

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Buffalo Loves Cotton: OptiTex

As part of the Buffalo Loves Cotton project [sponsored by Cotton INC] , students began the design product development process using Adobe CS5, then in the OptiTex computerized flat pattern class developed garment patterns using the front/back garment flat designs created by students using CS5 in another class. They used the OptiTex PDS pattern development program. Once the patterns were completed they were stitched together digitally and the final surface print repeat designs were applied to them in the OptiTex 3D module. 3D rotational videos of the garment simulation were created. Some of the garment patterns were printed and used by another class to construct the garments using the custom printed fabric. Other garments were draped by draping students. Some of the OptiTex draped frontal images are below. You can try draping some garments yourself with online OptiTex 3D.

Some of the 3D rotational videos of the garment simulations are below.

These garments will be featured in Runway 4.0. The April 16th, 2011 Runway 4.0 event tickets are currently on sale. CLICK HERE to get ticket info.

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Buffalo Loves Cotton Fashions I

In January we reviewed all of the Buffalo Loves Cotton [sponsored by Cotton INC]  fabrics and garment design submitted from FTT304: Adobe Surface Pattern for Industry [Print Design Voting] and FTT308 FashionCAD [Fashion Flats]. We combined fashion flats with selected prints and sent away to have 58″ 100% cotton jersey knit printed at Karma Kraft.

Below is a gallery of some of the Buffalo Loves Cotton project student garment designs containing selected fabrics that are currently being constructed by students in Draping and Industrial Apparel Assembly to be featured in Runway 4.0. The April 16th, 2011 Runway 4.0 event tickets are currently on sale. CLICK HERE to get ticket info. To see entire image, left mouse click and select “Open in new window.”

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FashionCAD Fall 2010 Student Work

FashionCAD fall 2010 - One of the final projects for the FashionCAD students was to upload some of their projects to the Bleidu.com gallery site. Posted below are some examples of student galleries. 

Gwen Smith

Janine Diaz

Jody Guzik

Julia Oakes

Liz Szeluga

Anthony Scaparo

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Buffalo Loves Cotton: Tee Graphics

Students from both the Adobe Surface Design and FashionCAD clases developed some stand alone graphics inspired from their concept boards. Some examples were in a previous post. Let us know what graphics you like the best on this post. [ Tee- Shirt Graphics]

Posted below are some FLICKR shots of students printing their graphics on some white tees. [note: actual date for the photos below is 12/15, 12/16/10. Camera date was set incorrectly]

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Buffalo Loves Cotton: Window Display Concept

After students developed a fashion line, spec sheets and tee graphics for their Buffalo Loves Cotton line they developed a retail window display concept to show how they would create a visual display for their line.  Posted below are some examples.

This class project was part of a program-wide Buffalo State Love Cotton grant sponsored by Cotton INC.

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Buffalo Loves Cotton: FashionCAD Student Concepts

This class project is part of a program-wide Buffalo State Loves Cotton education grant sponsored by Cotton INC. The Buffalo Loves Cotton assignment for students in the fall 2010 FTT308 Adobe FashionCAD class was to study the master Buffalo Love Cotton concept board , color board and description/direction. From this they conducted their own individual research that resulted in a mash-up of all things cotton [history, plant, fiber, processing, etc] and inspiration from WNY [ area attractions, parks, historical and local architecture and events, art galleries, Buffalo bison, etc]

They created their own Buffalo Love Cotton concept vision with description of the concept, as well as developing their own fashion palette from the master color palette provided. Using their fashion colors, they each developed drafts of print design motifs that were shapes and forms inspired by elements on their concept boards.They included a fabric board that included the fiber content and fabric types planned for their garments [not shown]. They used inspirations from their concept boards to inspire styling elements in the garments they developed for their fashion groupings. First they developed front back line illustrations. These illustrations were used to develop their line boards that included the print prototypes they developed. They then used the front/back line illustrations to develop detailed technical specification sheets [not shown]. They collaborated with another class [FTT327:Computer Patternmaking] to get detailed measurements. The students in the computer patternmaking class actually created the garments patterns based on the 2D front/back flats illustrations that the FashionCAD students developed.

Students from the Adobe FashionCAD class and the Adobe Surface Design for Industry class developed t-shirt designs with the buffalo Loves Cotton concept also. Some design examples  are displayed on this link. The final board that the students developed for this project was a store window display concept board using the garments that they developed. [examples in next post]

Pasted below are several of the concept boards with descriptions of their individual inspirations. The images are linked to larger versions and the titles are linked to their individual Web galleries that they created for this class.

Students from the fashion program will be constructing some of the garments designed by students using fabrics also designed by student for the upcoming Runway 4.0 event planned for Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at the Pierce Arrow building on Elmwood avenue, Buffalo, NY. Please vote at the Buffalo Loves Cotton: Fashion Flats Vote post for the garment designs that you think should be included in the Runway 4.0 event.

Soft Architecture

Soft Architecture

Cotton is a natural fabric every one can relate to and Buffalo New York is such a welcoming historical city, giving these two a perfect relationship. The patterns come from the inspiration of the cotton flower and the beautiful tiles on Buffalo downtown buildings, mixing hard and soft structures. While the garment silhouettes are formed after the structured shapes of the Buffalo city hall, many Buffalo churches, and the Buffalo psychiatric center. To create the line “soft architecture.”  The colors are soft and feminine to help bring out the beauty in the clothes. The dresses and separates can be worn out on the town or out to brunch. The target market for Soft Architecture is 20-35 year old women.

On the Boardwalk

On the Boardwalk

Buffalo’s waterfront welcomes a variety of people, ideas, and cultures. On the boardwalk, one may find families, couples, and individuals sitting on benches basking in the beauty of the canal on the edge of the industrial city skyline. This atmosphere, a reflection of growth and development, provides views of ships and boats setting sail towards the fluffy clouds on the horizon. The clouds characterize cotton, always seen and always comforting. Cotton itself represents both industry and a pleasant disposition. It is varied, soothing, and offers an easiness only this cellulose fiber can accomplish. For these traits, cotton has a strong place in the lives of people in Buffalo, and creates a culture of inspiration. Target market: Young women (ages 16-29) sportswear.

Blustery Night

Blustery Night

Blustery Night is for the fun energetic young adult.  You can dress it up or down and where it day or night. Blustery Night uses the architectural elements and natural elements of Buffalo to create these any time dresses. Just like Buffalo Blustery night can cater to fit so many occasions, go wild have fun.

Cotton Complex

Cotton Complex

Daywear for the hip, modern, bohemian city woman. Cotton gives a light natural feel for this line for a woman who likes comfort and style. Bold earth tones with accents of fun bright patterns keep this line fresh and new. The modern woman can throw on her dress and look great running to the market or going out for lunch.

Wright Chaos

Wright Chaos

Structured and organic. Modern and pastoral. Frank Lloyd Wright and Cotton unite to produce an inspiration reflected by nature: Wright Chaos. Colors were plucked from rural horizons, where the golden prairie meets the pale blue sky. Wright’s stained glass shapes were incorporated into the garments with geometric details. Contrasting with the structured geometric shapes is the fluid and curvy microscopic view of the cotton fiber. Combining both extremes with classic silhouettes, the Wright Chaos collection appeals to women of any age and shape.

Structured Softly

Structured Softly

Smooth as cotton. Strong as buffalo. A unique city alongside the fiber king. Cotton’s history is matched by Buffalo’s vast and rich record. Buildings and structures are designed with sharply angled edges which are built to last. Join them with the soft and calm curvatures of a cotton plant and they compliment perfectly. The mixing of these two forces has been something long awaited. Together they formulate into a line that is structured softly.

Queen City

Queen City

The city of buffalo New York pulls inspiration for the spring 2011 collection.  With the architecture of the botanical garden and the peace bridge this collection is anything from a cotton ball. With the use of soft and delicate fabrics, the inspiration of cotton delivers the real focus of attention.  A beautiful collection for a Beautiful City; Buffalo NY.

Roaring Industry

The Roaring Industry

Buffalo, an all-American City and its love for cotton display the theme of “The Roaring Industry.” It takes the main theme of ruffles with the 1920’s Original Cotton club and different concepts of cotton fibers such as cotton candy, DNA strands, and clouds to exemplify how cotton continues to “flow” through our everyday life. It also deals with the concepts of the original clubs, buildings, and the industry of how and when cotton was first introduced.  This line was created to have a slight twist dressy casual because “The Roaring Industry” exemplifies how cotton is now being used for different things.

AKABAKA Cotton for Buffalo

AKABAKA Cotton for Buffalo

AkaBaka means Zigzag in Bengali words, there some similarities between Buffalo and Zigzag. It’s a small city and the construction and architecture is so different than any other city. My inspiration for the board and collections are Niagara falls, Airport of buffalo, a Temple, and some local architectural buildings.

Roaming Buffalo

Roaming Buffalo

Spring 2011 collection. Roaming Buffalo is a cartoon take of buffalo loves cotton.

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Buffalo Loves Cotton: Fashion Flats

Posted in the gallery below are the mini fashion fashion flats that students from the FTT308 FashionCAD class developed as part of a Buffalo Loves Cotton fashion product development collection project. This class project is a small part of a program-wide Buffalo State Loves Cotton education grant sponsored by Cotton INC. This entire class project included a concept board w/description, color board, fabric board, print board, line board, retail store window display concept board and detailed technical spec sheets were developed for each of the three garments each student created. Students in another class [FTT327: Computer pattern making] developed garment patterns for these line board designs.

What Buffalo Loves Cotton fashion flats you think should be constructed into garments for the upcoming Runway 4.0 event planned for Saturday, April 16th, 2011 at the Pierce Arrow building on Elmwood avenue, Buffalo, NY?

The next post will include some of the Bufflao Loves Cotton fashion product development concept boards they developed.

Buffalo State Loves Cotton Project

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