Senior Collection at the Art Institute of Colorado

One of the most difficult, stressful, and time consuming projects I have ever accomplished was the Senior Collection course at the Art Institute of Colorado. This course was a continual process of three classes at the Art Institute.

The first class of the Senior Collection course was Senior Collection Concept. Within this course several students and myself, illustrated our design ideas, researched our target markets, developed our final designs, purchased fabrics, trims, and notions, and presented our future collections to the faculty of the fashion department.

The second course within the Senior Collection process of classes, was the Senior Collection Technical. Within this course, we created our technical flats for each garment within our collection on Adobe Illustrator, planned out our steps of construction, created our material specification sheets, plotted our designs on a program called WebPDM (this program is used to send manufacturers the information for the collections designers wish to have made through production), drafted our pattern pieces, and constructed our mock-ups. Personally this was the most difficult class for me within my Senior Collection courses. The reason I had a hard time with this class was that I had not taken the prior courses that teach you how to use Adobe Illustrator and WebPDM.

The third and final class to the Senior Collection courses was Senior Collection Production. Throughout this class we constructed our three ensembles. We used the patterns we created in the technical class to cut out our fabric pieces, and constructed our final garments. At the completion of the Senior Collection courses, we presented our collections to the students and faculty of the Art Institutes fashion department.

During the break from school, my class and I had the help from Lauren Larsen, a photography student at the Art Institute. She was able to help my class and I find models and take professional photography of our garments at our desired locations. Enjoy the pics!

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I want to give a special thanks to the amazing teacher my class and I had the privilege of working with during this very stressful, but rewarding time in our college careers, Cindy Bainbridge.

“Everything is going to be fine.” Was the famous quote throughout the Senior Collection courses. The thought in mind was, “Is everything going to be fine?” The result was, everything was fine.

About MarissaL

I'm Marissa. I'm a graduate from The Art Institute of Colorado with a bachelor's in fashion design. I started my career with FCF during my externship course at AIC, I have continued to stay with the company after graduation. What I love about FCF is how we get to attend event and cover local fashion shows. The team of FCF has grown tremendously and we have a great mentor to help us along the way. I'm very excited because we are currently planning our own fashion show/event!!! Currently I'm writing celebrity articles, covering the newest news and gossip in Hollywood. I would love to hear reviews and comments on the articles I write. Fashion is not just what you wear, but it is within your lifestyle. There is more to fashion than what name you have on. Fashion is in the air we breath and the images we see. If there is anything you would like to hear more about, let me know. Thank you for visiting my profile on First Class Fashionista!!!