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Fashion Terms

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 60 minutes each.

Group Size:


Students will identify and use the following fashion terms: fashion, fad, style, classic, design, trend, and avant-garde.

Main Curriculum Tie:
Fashion Design Studio
Strand 1 Standard 2

Define terminology.

Career Connections:

  • Fashion Designer
  • Retail Sales
  • Department Store Manager
  • Fashion Show Cooridinator

1. Fashion Term Overhead Definitions or Powerpoint 2. Fashion Terms Assignment 3. Magazines

Background For Teachers:

Fashion - the currently accepted, prevailing style. (Vogue is defined the same way.)

Fad - a fashion that suddenly bursts into popularity

Style - a characteristic or distinctive form of dress that exists independent of fashion (hippie, gothic, cowboy)

Classic - a fashion that retains general acceptance over an extended period of time

Design - a specific version of a style

Avant-garde - ahead of its time, comes straight off the runway

Lecture: Discuss each vocabulary word and show pictures, if available, to portray each term.

A trend is always changing and is related to fads. It is a comparison with the previous year or years. Fashion trends usually span 3-7 year cycles.

Discuss with the class different trends and fads that have been popular since they were in grade school.

Assign students to find a picture to illustrate each fashion term.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will identify common fashion terms. Students will use fashion terms in written descriptions and portfolios throughout the rest of the course.

Instructional Procedures:
1. Discuss the vocabulary words using Powerpoint. Also, have students look through magazines as you discuss each term and find a picture that illustrates that term.

2. Assign the Fashion Term Assignment.


Assessment Plan:
Students knowledge of Fashion Terms will be assessed through the evaluation of the Fashion Terms Assignment, and a written quiz.

Submitted by Amber Williams

Amber Williams

Created Date :
Apr 09 2003 21:51 PM