Explore the symbiotic relationship between two disciplines in “Art and Fashion at the Metropolitan Museum,” from NYU-SCPS (212-998-7200, scps.nyu.edu; Fri 5:30–7:30pm; five weeks $290 including museum fees; Sept 28–Oct 26). Held at the Met, each class focuses on a different time period or geographical area, and looks at works in many mediums, as well as clothing and textiles in the collection. Instructor Karla DeVries discusses styles of dress and adornment from ancient and modern times, as well as culture and art history.
Sported by Princess Beatrice and Dita Von Teese, the petite headpiece known as a fascinator is in vogue. Learn to make a feather version at Artikal Millinery Studio in the East Village (510 E 12th St between Aves A and B; 212-260-0278, artikal.com; Sept 19 6:30–9:30pm; $60 including materials). “The feather fascinator is the easiest, as it requires very little hand sewing,” explains studio founder and millinery designer Holly Slayton. No prior millinery skills are necessary, and materials (feathers, elastic, combs and millinery backing) are supplied. Students can bring in a piece of jewelry, such as a brooch, to add a decorative touch.
By the end of Make Workshop’s “Fashion Lab: Learn to Sew” series (195 Chrystie St between Rivington and Stanton Sts; 212-533-9995, makeworkshop.com; Wed 6:30–8:30pm Sept 12–Oct 24 or Mon 6:30–8:30pm Oct 1–Nov 12; seven sessions $500 plus supplies), you’ll have created not one, but three stylish pieces: a simple tie bag, a skirt and a dress, all from founder Diana Rupp’s book Sew Everything Workshop. Over seven weeks, Rupp gives you a complete introduction to fashion sewing. “A lot of schools hire students to teach basics,” she says. “Not here.” The course is popular with men as well as women (“Men can e-mail me if they’d rather not make a dress and we’ll figure something out,” says Rupp).
Discover how stylists sleuth out amazing vintage in Fashion Institute of Technology’s “Star Quality Vintage Shopping” (Seventh Ave at 27th St; 212-217-7999, fitnyc.edu; $110 plus expenses). The class consists of a lecture and fieldwork on two successive Saturdays (check the website for fall dates). Professional stylist and shop owner Emma Sosa reveals the best vintage and thrift shops and how to evaluate the goods. You’ll strengthen your critical eye and sharpen your hunting instinct, then wrap up in a coffee bar with a show-and-tell. The class is limited to 16 people and there’s no same-day registration, so sign up early.
Another continuing ed course at FIT that taps into the zeitgeist is Pet Apparel Fashion and Design (three four-hour sessions $280; check the website for fall dates), offered as part of FIT’s Pet Product Design and Marketing program. Team-taught by a pet-product executive and senior designer, this hands-on workshop covers body forms and functional needs, seasonal fabrics, wearability and safety, creating garments—whether casual tees or couture ensembles—from sketches, and how to succeed in this rapidly growing market.—Jana Martin
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