Seamless Knitwear - The Design Skills Gap

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Abstract:

3D seamless knitwear machinery allows the creation of virtually finished garments, which require little to no make-up. The introduction of this technology forces a conceptual shift in the way knitted garments are both designed and created. Moreover, it challenges educators to re-evaluate the curriculum for textile or fashion design courses.

This study is based upon a survey of UK Higher Education Institutions, which are currently teaching knitwear design within their curricula. It discusses what is currently being taught with regards to seamless knitwear design and compares this with the views of a number of industrialists. It finally offers some suggestions as to how to teach seamless concepts.

Keywords: DESIGN; EDUCATION; KNITWEAR; SEAMLESS; SKILLS

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2752/146069206789377113

Publication date: July 1, 2006

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  • Established in 1998, The Design Journal is an international, refereed journal covering all aspects of design. The journal welcomes articles on design in both cultural and commercial contexts. The journal is published four times a year and provides a forum for design scholars, professionals, educators, and managers worldwide. It publishes thought-provoking work that will have a direct impact on design knowledge and that challenges assumptions and methods, while being open-minded about the evolving role of design.
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