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TeachNet Grant: Fashion Recycles (Expressing Global Environmental Awareness Through Fashion Design)
Belinda David

High School of Fashion Industries
225 West 24th street
New York, NY 10011

Grade/Subject: 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade Fashion Design
About the Grant:

How This Grant was Adapted:

Students will conduct guided internet research on the recycled product that they used to create their designs. They will use MS office to type a one page essay which discusses information on how their recycled material is generally reused and how they used it in designing their garments. Students will use a digital camera to document the process of this project. They will capture pictures of their fashion illustrations, finished garments, and of themselves as they work on their garments. (Students will work in teams of two to capture this process in digital form)

Project URL


  1. Students will be educated in implementing various methods to preserve the global environment.
  2. Students will learn how to use recycled materials to create visual artworks.
  3. Students will gain skills in conducting on line research.
  4. Students will learn how to use FREE on line resources such as Google tools Sites for web design.
  5. Students will learn how to use FREE on line resources such as Google tools Picasa to organize and edit digital pictures.
  6. Students will build their technical sewing and construction skills.
  7. Students will exercise and build their keyboarding skills.
  8. Students will work collaboratively in groups.
  9. Students will learn videography.
Websites Used

Students used the following websites to learn about various recycling programs and initiatives

Integral Web Links for This Unit:

  1. http://earth911.com/
    Earth911 delivers actionable local information on recycling and product stewardship that empowers consumers to act locally, live responsibly and contribute to sustainability. Both the Earth911.com site and 1-800-CLEANUP toll-free hotline are provided at no cost to the user or taxpayer. Earth911 centralizes information and resources into a single user-friendly, neutral and non-governmental network.

  2. http://picasa.google.com/intl/en/features.html
    Fast and easy photo sharing from Google. Together, Picasa & Picasa Web Albums make it easy for you to organize and edit your digital photos, then create online albums to share with friends, family & the world.

  3. http://google.com/accounts/ServiceLogin?continue=http%3A//sites.google.com/site/&service=jotspot&ul=1
    Thinking of creating a website? Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share WebPages. Learn more.
    • Create rich web pages easily
    • Collect all your info in one place
    • Control who can view and edit

  4. http://photobucket.com/
    Photo bucket is the premier site on the Internet for uploading, sharing, linking and finding photos, videos and graphics. Your free Photo bucket account can store thousands of photos and hours of video.
Standards Addressed:

Standard 1:

Career Development and Occupational Studies
Grade: 9-12
Subject: Fashion Design

Standard 2:

Integrated Learning
Students will demonstrate how academic knowledge and skills are applied in the workplace and other settings.

Standard 3b:

Career Majors
Students who choose a career major will acquire the career-specific technical knowledge/skills necessary to progress toward gainful employment, career advancement, and success in postsecondary programs.

Standard 2:

Health, Physical Education, and Family Consumer Sciences
Grade: 9-12
Subject: Fashion Design

Standard 2:

A Safe and Healthy Environment
Students will acquire the knowledge and ability necessary to create and maintain a safe and healthy environment.

Standard 3:

English Language Arts
Fashion Design
Subject: 9 -12

Standard 1:

Language for Information and Understanding
Students will listen, speak, read, and write for information and understanding. As listeners and readers, students will collect data, facts, and ideas; discover relationships, concepts, and generalizations; and use knowledge generated from oral, written, and electronically produced texts. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language to acquire, interpret, apply, and transmit information.

Standard 2:

Language for Literary Response and Expression
Students will read and listen to oral, written, and electronically produced texts and performances from American and world literature; relate texts and performances to their own lives; and develop an understanding of the diverse social, historical, and cultural dimensions the texts and performances represent. As speakers and writers, students will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language for self-expression and artistic creation.

Standard 3:

Language for Critical Analysis and Evaluation
Students will listen, speak, read, and write for critical analysis and evaluation. As listeners and readers, students will analyze experiences, ideas, information, and issues presented by others using a variety of established criteria. As speakers and writers, they will use oral and written language that follows the accepted conventions of the English language to present, from a variety of perspectives, their opinions and judgments on experiences, ideas, information and issues.

Standard 4:

Mathematics, Science, and Technology
Grade: 9-12
Subject: Fashion Design

Standard 1:

Analysis, Inquiry, and Design
Students will use mathematical analysis, scientific inquiry, and engineering design, as appropriate, to pose questions, seeks answers, and develop solutions.

Standard 2:

Information Systems
Students will access, generate, process, and transfer information using appropriate technologies.

Standard 5:

Students will apply technological knowledge and skills to design, construct, use, and evaluate products and systems to satisfy human and environmental needs.

Lesson 1:

How do we design a garment out of recycled materials?

sketch banner.jpg

Project Objectives:

  1. Students will use the web for research
  2. Students will gain awareness on global environmental concerns
  3. Students will develop original fashion illustrations
  4. Students will be able to design a garment out of recycled materials


  1. PC with Internet access
  2. Drawing paper, pencil, color pencils, markers
  3. Printer
  4. Croquis (Fashion Figures)


  1. Teacher and students will conduct a discussion on the importance of global environmental awareness
    • Motivational questions that the teacher may use include:
    • What are the cause an effects of not recycling specific recyclable materials?
    • What are the ways that you recycle at home and at school?
  2. Students will be divided into groups of 4. Each group will be assigned a group leader. The groups will create a list of 6 to 12 recyclable products and they will explain how they can incorporate that product onto their original fashion design ideas.
  3. Each group will orally present the various ways that they would like to use the recycled materials in their designs.
  4. Students will conduct web research on how the different materials are recycled
  5. Students will print out web based information on 2 global awareness sources and for HW they will organize a two page research paper
  6. Students will design and illustrate 6 to 12 thumbnail sketches
  7. Teacher and student will choose one design and develop a final sketch which will be used as a guide to develop the construction of the garment. The sketch will be posted on the fashion recycle website.


Students will develop a 2 page research paper on the specific materials they will use to develop their original fashion design idea. Research paper will be type written. Students will be required to site their sources and the information will be posted on the fashion recycle website.


The finished garment as well as the research paper will reflect what the students have learned.

Lesson 2:

How do we construct a garment out of recycled material?

Fashion recycle banner.jpg

Project Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Recycle old or gently used clothing
  2. Technically apply recycled materials onto used clothing to develop creative and innovative garments.
  3. Further develop their machine and hand


Sewing machine, thread, needle, glue, scissors, stapler, old or gently used clothing, dress form, straight pins, black, clear, & blue garbage bags, aluminum foil, empty potato chip bags, empty juice and milk cartons, empty soda cans, metro cards, plastic water bottles, magazines, empty plastic soda bottles, cereal boxes, leaves, newspapers, egg cartons, bubble wrap, duck tape, scrap fabric, CD's, candy wrappers.


  1. Students & teachers will observe the finished fashion illustrations and will discuss how to go about applying the recycled materials onto the garments.
  2. Students will place old or gently used clothing onto the dress form and the garments will be altered to better suit each finished design.
  3. Students will drape the recycled materials onto the garments.
  4. Students will use hand and machine sewing skills to permanently apply the recycled materials onto the garments.
  5. Students will use glue, stapler, and other efficient office supply products in order to permanently apply required materials onto the garments.


Students will collect garbage from school and home grounds and place them into the appropriate recyclable dispenser. Students will also collect additional recycle materials they need to complete their garments.


Finished garments inspired by global environmental awareness will reflect what students learned.

Lesson 3:

How to use Nero to create a digital movie presentation of the fashion recycle garments.

Project Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Import still and video images into Nero
  2. Organize slide shows with titles
  3. Import music and synchronize it with the video presentation
  4. Develop a DVD copy of the finished video
  5. Convert the finished video to an MPEG format in order to view it on line.


  • PC with internet access
  • Nero (Movie editing software)
  • PC with fire wire port
  • PC with DVD burner
  • Fire wire cable
  • Blank DVD
  • Digital still pictures and video of the fashion recycle fashion show


  1. Students will view the Nero 8 tutorial on line as an introduction to learning the Nero video editing software program http://nero.com/enu/show-tutorial.php?tut=MjM=
  2. Teacher will demonstrate step by step procedures. As the teacher demonstrates students will be executing the instructions in their individual computer stations.
  3. Connecting the digital video to the computer
  4. Opening the Nero program exporting the video into the program
  5. Adding video, still pictures, music, transition, and titles.
  6. Convert video into a finished DVD
  7. Convert finished video into a MPEG format to be featured on the website.


The finished video will serve as an informal assessment of the skills learned

Lesson 4

How to design a website with google sites.

Project Objectives: Students will be able to:

  1. Design a website with google sites
  2. Publish multimedia data onto the website
  3. Publish the website
  4. Understand the importance of using a web site to share, build and promote their professional endeavors
  5. Use an online web video as a learning tool


  • PC with internet access
  • Preplan layout of website content
  • Digital still pictures and video that will be inserted onto the web pages


  1. Students will log onto the following website (http://vimeo.com/1734638) in order to view a tutorial video on how to create a website with google sites.
  2. Students will take notes of important information they need to create a google site website.
  3. Each student will create a google account
  4. Teacher will execute the step by step procedure to developing the web page
  5. Students will work on their specific web pages
  6. Select students will work in groups of two to develop the home page, credits and video page of the website.


The finished published website will serve as an example of what the students learned. To view the site click on the following url http://sites.google.com/site/fashionrecyclesproject/

Lesson 5:

Lesson 6:


Belinda David is a Fashion Design Teacher at the High School of Fashion Industries. In this position she teaches Computer Fashion Art, Sewing Techniques, Draping and Flat Patternmaking. During the summers she also teaches Computer Class for TRIO, an Educational Summer Enrichment Program. Ms. David enjoy working with young people, and is passionate about teaching.

To learn more about Ms. David’s classes please click on the following link




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