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AP 242
Haute Couture Sewing Techniques

2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: AP 141 or AP 143 or DP 111 or TL 111 or FD 131 or approval of program advisor
The sewing techniques practiced in the finest haute couture ateliers around the world are introduced and provide the basis for understanding couture. Learn couture techniques in cutting, hand stitching, seam and hem finishes, pocket construction, pressing, and finishing.

AP 243
Haute Couture Decorative Techniques & Embellishments
2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 Laboratory hours per week
Prerequisite: AP 242 or approval of chairperson
Expands knowledge of the couture by exploring various decorative techniques. Learn how to hand bead and apply rocailles, sequins, pearls, and faux gems on different types of fabrics. Create embellishments such as flowers and frog closures from fabric and ribbons, hand embroider original designs, and learn the arts of quilting, cartridge pleating, and trapunto.

AP 244
Haute Couture Construction and Technology

2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisite: AP 242
Apply couture sewing methodology and construct a skirt and jacket in order to understand the fitting process, couture fabric selection, proper cutting procedures, and inner construction methods.

AP 275
Haute Couture Apparel Design

3 credits; 6 LABORATORY hours per week
Prerequisites: AP 211 or DP 212 or FD 112, AP 243 and AP 244
Apply knowledge of the couture to design, drape, fit, and construct a mini-collection for a particular target market. Develop styles and images through fabric sourcing, market research, and inspirational research.

AR 292
Haute Couture Portfolio

2.5 credits; 1 Lecture and 3 STUDIO hours per week
Prerequisite: AR 211, or FF 211 , or approval of Fashion Design-Art assistant chairperson
Study the muscular and skeletal functions of the human body and their relationships to the design and creation of haute couture apparel, visualizing how anatomy and aesthetics form the basis of designing a haute couture collection. Become proficient in the translation of ideas via the fashion design sketch and further develop a personal drawing style.

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