Textile, fashion and clothing

The following websites are useful for those who are interested in textiles, fashion and clothing, or who are looking for resources to support teaching of these topics in Queensland schools.

Textile, fashion and clothing

Fashion for the Sun

HEIA(Q) created this fabulous resource—which is now totally online—in partnership with Queensland Health, which also funded the initiative. The updated version of Fashion for the Sun is a colourful, vibrant, interactive resource that is explicitly mapped to the Australian Curriculum. The resource provides fact files, PowerPoint presentations, teacher notes, practical tasks, and student activities and worksheets that highlight the importance of sun safety and the risks of skin cancer. Fashion for the Sun allows students to use their creative flair in taking on one or more exciting design challenges. Assessment rubrics mapped to the Australian Curriculum achievement standards are provided for the Years 7–10 units, along with more general assessment guides for the Years 11–12 units. This comprehensive, eye-catching and engaging resource can be accessed online free of charge, courtesy of funding provided by Queensland Health.

Fashion Illustration with Photoshop

After 10 years of developing and testing this digital fashion-illustration training program in high schools, this high-quality program is now available to teachers and students across Australia via an online portal. The program promises to provide amazing support to teachers and to become the benchmark in training for fashion design and illustration for high schools across the country. Central to developing the program was basing the illustration component on templates so that every student—with or without natural illustration ability—has the tools to help them undertake the program with confidence. The template-based approach led to the creation of the online portal that students across the country can now access.

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10 Steps to Fashion Design

After more than 25 years working in the fashion industry and training students in the fashion-design process, Rycki Symons has simplified that process into 10 clear and easy steps. Once students or new designers follow these 10 steps successfully, they are able to change the way they research, and to create innovative collections and designs over and over again. Mastering these 10 steps also means that the student or new designer is able to return to their creative side and start designing collections that are more innovative, more informed, and that meet with global trends and create unique places for them in the fashion industry.

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Clothing Exchange

The Clothing Exchange is building a sustainable fashion community by bringing like-minded people together and working positively towards the future of a greener world. Visit this site to learn about their professional swapping service that promotes the simple notion of swapping instead of shopping for a better wardrobe and a better world. The swaps are run by dedicated teams across Australia who host events with the intention of creating a greener future through the fun of swapping.

Fair Wear

Fair Wear Foundation (Fair Wear) is an independent multi-stakeholder organisation that works with garment brands, garment workers and industry influencers to improve labour conditions in garment factories. Receiving the Fair Wear stamp of approval does not guarantee any existing quality of labour standards, instead only demonstrating a stated interest in working toward improvement. Go to this site to learn about the Fair Wear campaign to actively encourage consumers to think critically about where the clothes they wear are produced and under what conditions.

Levi Strauss

Levi Strauss & Co is all about creating sustainable futures for their products, people and for the world. This site shows how Levi Strauss incorporates sustainability into their everyday business—a great resource to show how Levi Strauss reaches beyond the boundaries of their company to influence not only what people wear but also the way people think and act.

SEW-lutions Guidelines

Try here for educational articles in PDF format. They cover all aspects of sewing, from beginner and learn-to-sew instructions to advanced sewing techniques. The Guidelines project is ongoing and new guidelines are added on a regular basis.

Social Alterations—Ethic Fashion Design Lesson Plans

Social Alterations aims to serve as a networking platform for anyone interested in social responsibility in fashion design. The site aims to explore and discuss the interconnectedness of design and social responsibility, with the hopes of further understanding the relationship between both ethical issues surrounding working conditions and environmental concerns within the supply chain of the textile and apparel industry.

UK Handmade Online Magazine

UK Handmade is a design-led online magazine committed to showcasing and promoting the best creative talent the United Kingdom has to offer. UK Handmade provides advice and resources to its members as well as collaborating and connecting with businesses to further the handmade cause for the benefit of all through the online magazine, website and forum.



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