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MSc International Fashion Marketing / Course details

Year of entry: 2019

Course unit details:
Constructed Textiles for Fashion

Unit code MATS67121
Credit rating 15
Unit level FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Offered by School of Materials
Available as a free choice unit? No

Overview

The unit introduces students to both the design and production principles of constructed textile production processes weaving and knitting.  

 

Aims

The primary aim of this unit is to provide knowledge of the construction of woven and knitted textile structures and fabrics used in the fashion retail industry and their application to allow the student to: Develop an understanding of the design considerations of constructed textiles, woven and knitted, for fashion applications; Develop an understanding of the appropriateness of market level for varying constructed textiles, woven and knitted, for fashion applications; Develop an appreciation of the design constraints, design process and design considerations for constructed textiles, woven and knitted; Understand constructed textile (woven and knitted) classification and their notations; Develop a basic understanding of constructed textiles, woven and knitted, performance characteristics; Develop an appreciation of aesthetics, yarn/material choices of constructed textiles and woven structure and  knitted structure combinations within fashion applications; Develop a basic understanding of fabric analysis methods.   The unit counts for 15 credits and comprises a series of lectures and seminars, supplemented through independent study and guided reading.

 

Learning outcomes

A greater depth of the learning outcomes will be covered in the following sections:

  • Knowledge and understanding
  • Intellectual skills
  • Practical skills
  • Transferable skills and personal qualities

Teaching and learning methods

Lectures, group tutorials (problem sessions), recommended textbooks, web resources, self- teaching worked examples, past exam papers, electronic supporting information (Blackboard).

 

Knowledge and understanding

Demonstrate and understanding of the basic knitted and woven structures that are used in the fashion retail industry;

Demonstrate knowledge of constructed textile weave and knit structures and their performance characteristics;

Demonstrate an understanding of the design considerations of constructed textiles, weave and knit;

Demonstrate an understanding of the appropriateness of market level for varying constructed textiles, weave and knit, for fashion applications;

Demonstrate an appreciation of the design constraints, design process and design considerations for constructed textiles, weave and knit. 

Intellectual skills

Critically assess appropriateness of constructed textiles, weave and knit for defined market levels;

Exercise original thinking in the analysis and evaluation of constructed textile materials and their applications within fashion retail;

Appreciate the lifestyle choices, branding and marketing of constructed textiles within fashion garments and/or accessories at varying market levels of fashion retail;

Analysis skills for the defining of fabric structure within a constructed textile;

Appreciation of the specification of constructed textile structures for fashion applications;

Data collection for case study analysis;

Retrieve, sift and select information from a variety of sources to analyse and discuss;

Research skills necessary to analyse and draw conclusions in association to a particular designer and market.  

Practical skills

Demonstrate the ability to discern different constructed textile structures for fashion applications;

Gain the knowledge of consideration to varying constructed textile technologies and their impact upon the handle, weight and aesthetics of produced constructed textiles for fashion applications;

Articulate research undertaken within an academic piece of writing, using appropriate references, and executed in the style of the Harvard Referencing system;

Demonstrate the ability to analyse and sift through appropriate sources of information to meet set project briefs criteria.

 

Transferable skills and personal qualities

Communicate using a new technical language appropriate to constructed textiles (weave and knit) within the fashion and textile industry;

The ability to engage in research and analysis of to inform project outcomes;

Able to work independently and demonstrate time management skills in meeting deadlines;

The ability to apply subject knowledge

Assessment methods

Method Weight
Written exam 70%
Written assignment (inc essay) 30%

Feedback methods

Feedback given verbally and written.

Recommended reading

Constructed Textiles for Fashion, whole unit:
• Sinclair, R.  2014.  Textiles and Fashion: materials, design and technology.  Woodhead Publishing Ltd, UK.

Textile Finishing: Design and Technology
• Taylor, M. A. (2007) Technology of Textile Properties, Forbes Publications UK.
• Hallett, C. and Johnston, A. (2010) Fabric for Fashion, Laurence King Publishing UK
• Elsasser, V. H. (2007) Textiles: Concepts and Principles, Fairchild Publications Inc. USA
• Steed, J.  Basics Textile Design 01: Sourcing Ideas: Researching Colour, Surface, Structure, Texture and Pattern.  AVA Publishing. 
• Baugh, G.  2011.  The fashion designer's textile directory: the creative use of fabrics in design.  Thames & Hudson.
• Synthetic Fibre Dyeing, edited by Chris Hawkyard, Society of Dyers and Colourists, 2004
• Colour for textiles, A users handbook, Wilfred Ingamells , Society of Dyers and Colourists 1993
• The Chemistry of Colour Application, by R.M. Christie, R. R. Mather and R. H. Wardman, Blackwell Science , 2000
• Fabric Dyeing and Printing by Kate Wells 1997. Published by Conran Octopus Limited

Constructed Textiles Weave & Knit: Technical, structures and technology
• Spencer, D., J. Knitting technology.  Pergamon Press Ltd, UK.
• Knitted clothing technology - Terry Brackenbury
• Grosicki, J., Z.  Watson's Advanced Textile Design: Compound Woven Structures.   Woodhead Publishing.
• Selby, M.  2012.  Contemporary Weaving Patterns . A & C Black Publishers.
• Tellier-Loumagne, F.  The Art of Knitting: Inspirational Stitches, Textures and Surfaces.  Thames & Hudson.
• Taylor, M.  Technology of Textile Properties.  Taylor Forbes Publications Ltd; 3rd Revised edition
• Ng, F., and Zhou, J.  2013. Innovative jacquard textile design using digital technologies.  Woodhead Publishing Ltd, UK.
• Doris Georner, Woven Structures and Design, Part 1
• Doris Georner, Woven Structures and Design, Part 2
• Z. J. Grosicki, Watson’s Textile Design and Colour
• Z. J. Grosicki, Watson's Advanced Textile Design
• Kathryn L.Hatch, Textile science
• Marjorie A. Taylor, Technology of textile properties : an introduction
• X. Chen, Interwoven fabrics and their applications, in Specialist yarn and fabric structures (ed. R. H. Gong)

 

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 24
Independent study hours
Independent study 126

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Anura Fernando Unit coordinator

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