“I’ve got a real sense of three-dimensional geometry. I can look at a flat piece of fabric and know that if I put a slit in it and make some fabric travel around a square, then when you lift it up it will drape in a certain way, and I can feel how that will happen.”
-VIVIENNE WESTWOOD –
The students of Diploma in Fashion Design 2019 batch from JD Institute of Fashion Technology, Cochin organised a draping display. A technique used mainly to manipulate the fabric directly on the dress form to create a three dimensional structure. It is the most creative way for a designer to turn design ideas into reality.
A draped garment is ideally created from a singular piece of cloth which is held by means of pins, fibulae, clasps, sashes or belts, tying, or friction and gravity alone. Many draped garments are one-piece garments.
Muslin is ideally the fabric of choice or even a low cost fabric that bears close resemblance to the fabric to be used for the final output. The beauty of draping is that the fabric can be manipulated numerous times to create multiple variations till perfection is not attained. This stage of creation helps to correct any fitting issues before creating the final sewing pattern.
Before starting with the draping, the students had created rendered sketches for their garments, which they then translated onto the dress forms with the guidance of their module faculty. The students tried to create variations of collars, sleeves and bodice. They also added ruffles and pleats to the garments to accentuate the overall look.
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