Fashion Studies


Yves Saint Laurent's Sketches 54 min.

The Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent Foundation is a treasure trove of iconic haute couture creations. It also includes thousands of extraordinary sketches. Delve into the fascinating universe of one of the foremost fashion designers in the world. Instantaneous testimony of both the history of fashion and the career of an outstanding creator, these drawings are the little-known legacy of Yves Saint...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2017

Get Into Textiles: Design, Manufacture, and Use in the 21st Century (8 Parts) 202 min.

This eight-part series explores the world of the 21st-century textiles industry, using case studies from top fashion houses, designers, and hands-on textiles technologists. From recycled vintage fabrics to state-of-the-art “smart” garments, viewers will gain understanding of how textiles are used as design elements as well as for industrial purposes—and how digital technology enables the creative...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

The Cost of Cloth: Ethical Textiles 30 min.

Filmed in Bangladesh, one of the world’s most active textile-producing countries, this program explores the social cost of the textile industry, which benefits mostly Western consumers and capitalists while creating oppressive environments in the developing world. Using eye-opening footage shot inside a number of Bangladeshi textile factories, the film explores issues of sweatshop labor—including...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

Designing Fashion 19 min.

This program illustrates how fashion designers turn their concepts into end products. Over the course of the video, viewers will see how fashion designers visually develop their ideas, how they use CAD to enhance and support their work, and the steps involved in sampling, patternmaking, and production. Interviews with industry insiders are featured as well: Vanessa Rochman, head designer for inter...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

Eco-Design: Ethical Textiles 32 min.

The Western world still struggles for long-term solutions regarding carbon emissions, energy consumption, and waste disposal. A number of industries, including textile manufacturing, are at the heart of this dilemma. But Finisterre, an outdoor clothing maker, has fearlessly taken on the issue by creating an eco-friendly surf-wear brand. This program follows the workflow of the company from its hea...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

Environmental Impacts: Ethical Textiles 28 min.

What would happen if we changed the way our clothes are made and sold? If we used different fibers or different agricultural techniques? If we insisted that facilities which produce textile products dispose of chemicals and materials properly? This program assesses the environmental impact of the textile industry both in the U.K. and abroad. It explores the ecological footprint of textile producti...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

Ethical Textiles: Sustainability and Fair Trade 75 min.

What does it mean for developing-world workers when prices for clothing and fabric keep dropping? What happens when Westerners buy more and more, driving up demand? How does ecological impact fit into the equation? Global in scope, this three-part series explores the ethical and environmental fallout of large-scale textile production. It follows the work of manufacturers in the U.K. and Bangladesh...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2011

Practical Use of Materials: Textiles 19 min.

Going inside the world of fibers, fabrics, and yarns, this video provides students with an understanding of textile classification and how textiles are processed and tested before being used in end products. A textile researcher demonstrates how fibers are turned into fabric and explains differences between the properties of natural and synthetic fibers. A fashion designer describes the characteri...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2010

CAD/CAM in Textile Manufacturing 27 min.

Computer-aided design and manufacturing has replaced the old-fashioned screen process of transferring designs onto fabric, giving textile artists more flexibility while reducing overhead costs. In this program, designers at RA Smart demonstrate how CAD and CAM technology is used for joining, engraving, printing, and cutting fabrics. The video also investigates computer-aided knitting at the Glen...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2009

ICT in Textiles: Design, Practice, and Process 28 min.

Information and communication technology is changing the fashion industry by helping make design, development, and sampling of textiles more efficient. This program takes viewers inside Coppernob, a London-based fashion house, where designers use ICT tools—sketching and visualization software and digital patternmakers, plotters, and printers—to easily explore different color and style combinations...

Formats: DVDStreaming Copyright Date: 2009