Fashion may be taught as a one-credit or half-credit instructional-hour course. For a half-credit course, the following content standards must be included: 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 16, and 17. The course introduces students to the selection and care of clothing and accessories for individuals and families. Course content provides opportunities for students to explore factors that influence apparel choice, apparel history, current fashion trends, proper care and maintenance of apparel, laws and legislation regarding the apparel industry, apparel design, apparel repair and construction, wardrobe planning, technology in the apparel and textiles industry, and career options in the apparel and textile industries. Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA), an integral part of the curriculum, provides opportunities to apply instructional competencies and workplace readiness skills, enhances leadership development skills, and provides opportunities for community service.
Clothing Decisions and Acquisition
1. Determine factors that influence consumer decision-making practices for individual and family clothing choices throughout the life span.
Examples: age, gender, career, special needs, quality, fashion styles and trends, economics, climate, care requirements
2. Interpret laws and regulations regarding the apparel and textile industries.
3. Determine various sources for acquiring clothing to meet individual and family needs across the life span.
Examples: shopping mall; tailor or dressmaker shop; online, catalog, or television network sales
4. Analyze the impact of consumer information and advertising for the clothing industry.
5. Describe benefits of a well-planned wardrobe.
6. Determine how clothing satisfies certain physical, psychological, and social needs.
7. Assess the cost of constructing, manufacturing, altering, or repairing textile products.