Tasha Lewis, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Fiber Science & Apparel Design and teaches in the area of fashion design management. Her research interests include the disruptive impact of technology in the apparel industry, the behavior of fashion brands, global and domestic apparel production (“glocalization”) issues, and the significance of social responsibility and sustainability throughout the apparel supply chain. Dr. Lewis has also worked in the apparel industry in areas of production, sourcing, and retail operations, and maintains ongoing contact with industry professionals to inform her research. She is a faculty fellow of Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, Engaged Cornell, and the Cornell Institute of Fashion and Fiber Innovation. Dr. Lewis also serves as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Fashion, Style and Popular Culture.
The quality of your product is integral to managing a successful fashion brand. When fashion garments are created in a factory setting for a brand, every element of the garment's production cycle must be planned. Forward thinking in garment production ensures that every piece is completed to your specifications in a timely manner and that the manufacturing facilities you choose will be the best fit for your product line.
In this course, you will explore the process of production planning used to create a fashion product line. You will begin by creating a bill of materials that can be used to communicate the fabric needs of each product in manufacturing. You will then consider how stitching, construction, and fit are used by manufacturers to create a garment that will appropriately fit your consumer. You'll conclude the course by examining how factories and manufacturers operate and filling out a time and action calendar that you can use to plan the manufacturing timeline of your product line.
- Create a bill of materials to indicate the fabric choices that will be best for each product
- Break down the construction of the garments in your product line using a spec sheet
- Develop a time and action calendar that you can use to schedule the flow of product manufacturing from inception to distribution
How It Works
Who Should Enroll
- Designers seeking a business background
- Anyone hoping to build or grow a career in the fashion industry