Fashion: Barbie Draping Project

How many of you remember playing with Barbie when you were little?  Furthermore, how many of you Barbie.Coverremember designing clothes for said Barbie?  Well, Barbie’s coming to school and I can’t wait to share this creative project designed by veteran teacher Deb Crockett from Canon City High School in Colorado.  Deb has been assigning this project for the last 10 years. This lesson was prompted because she wanted to give her students a hands on experience to the different areas of the fashion industry. This project gives them a chance to be creative in so many ways. Students get to be a fashion designer, a fashion photographer, a fashion writer and they can then expand on their graphic design knowledge by creating the poster.  This poster could also be produced using their computer applications skills learned in their business classes. You never know when you might spark and interest in the students, and bring back some fun memories at the same time!


  • Introduce the drape garment, composite garment, and tailored garment to the students using
    Fashion Styles and Fashion! by Mary Wolfe by Goodheart-Wilcox Textbook- Ch. 2: Knowing about Fashion. Then have students drape their dolls.  Follow with Clothing:Fashion, Fabrics & Construction by Glenco/ McGraw-Hill Textbook Ch. 6 for the garment styles terminology.  See the garment styles PPT below.


  • Barbie and Ken style fashion dolls
  • Fabric Remnants
  • Trims & Embellishments
  • Glue/Glue Guns
  • Digital Camera or Similar Device
  • Clothing & Fashion Textbooks

Note:  This project is a precursor to web design activities and/or using Polyvore.








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