We were excited to offer an exclusive weekly look into Francis Bitonti's first New Skins Computational Design for Fashion Workshop last summer. The debut session, which took place from July 22nd – August 8th at Pratt's Digital Arts and Humanities Research Center in Brooklyn, New York, ended with a beautifully collaborated dress using design elements from all of the students' work. The successful design for the Verlan Dress lead to the creation of another workshop starting this winter. But you'd better hurry—the registration deadline is December 15th.
Last session's final design: the Verlan Dress
In the previous workshop, students worked with 3D body scans to create a "growing" garment using various computer programs. Bitonti required a number of computer programs throughout the course of the workload—an intentional attempt to overload the students with technology. Students can expect the same from this season's workshop—it's intent is to get designers thinking about computation as more than a means of production and execution. The workshop's website gives a more detailed description of what students can expect:
New Skins is a 10-day workshop under the direction of Francis Bitonti, where students will learn the tools and theory of computational design process as they relate to fashion design. Courses will introduce students to the tools and software needed to design and fabricate complex geometry. In addition to a schedule of courses, students will collaborate with Francis Bitonti Studio on the production of a 3D printed garment in the form of a working design studio environment.
As in the first edition of the workshop, the New Skins students will use 3D printing and computational design techniques to come up with a garment aimed at creating volume around the body through operations like pleating and folding. The courses will be held at the Metropolitan Exchange in Brooklyn, New York and will run from 4–8pm, January 8–17.Get more information and register for the course (by December 15th) here.