British Clothing 1066 to Present Day

Block H - Design Challenge

Study the history of clothing in Britain from 1066 through to the present day. Learn about the key changes in fashion, materials and manufacturing processes and gain an understanding of this aspect of social history in Britain. Finish your topic by meeting a design challenge brief and putting on a catwalk show!

Utilise the knowledge and skills you have learnt! Start off by finding out about famous British designer Vivienne Westwood; role-play being a catwalk model and begin to think about up-cycling outfits to make new creations. Create a ‘mood board’ for your own design and work towards producing your outfits – showcase these, with a commentary, on a catwalk in front of an invited audience.

This Topic is written for Lower Key Stage 2. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: British designers on the catwalk

Find out about famous British designer Vivienne Westwood; role-play being a catwalk model and begin to think about up-cycling outfits to make new creations.

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02: Mood board

Start to work on a design brief for a fashion item; create a ‘mood board’ to gather all your ideas for your design; begin to select materials.

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03: Final design

Work on the sketches for your outfit designs; consider the materials available including recycled materials; think about how you will join materials and choose your final outfit design.

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04: Outfit making

Follow your plan to make an outfit using some of the skill learnt during this topic; adapt and alter as you encounter unforeseen problems.

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05: Evaluation

Evaluate your design choices, your fashion influences and your technical expertise; write a catwalk commentary for your outfit.

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06: The show!

Showcase your design and craft skills on a catwalk in front of an invited audience; provide a commentary for your design.