A Teen Squad member prepares a dress on a miniature dress form

Fashion Forward

Spring 2016

In this course, PPL collaborated with RISD|CE to teach teens how to forecast the future of fashion by looking at both past and current fashion trends.

As part of PPL’s exhibition and program series Portals: The History of the Future, these fashion design classes integrated interest-driven exploration with historical content and 21st century skills. Teens learned the importance of research, how to illustrate the fashion figure, and the skills needed to create a head-to-toe look – made entirely out of paper! Students created design boards utilizing the Library’s non-circulating Special Collections materials to inspire their own work.