- Describe the history of the item, for example, if you choose to write about gloves, give a synopsis of its usage
throughout history with an emphasis on end use, fabrics, fit and construction over time. (2-3 pages)
- Discuss how the quality of this particular item has changed over the course of its history. Be as specific as possible.
For example, gloves used to be constructed with pattern pieces called fourchettes and quirks, now very few are made
with fourchettes and even fewer with quirks. Elaborate on any changes in construction, stitches and seams used, erosion
of fabric or material quality, shaping, etc. (1-2 pages)
We know that the primary reason for loss of quality in apparel is primarily due to price considerations. If you were
the CEO of a corporation in charge of developing the item you chose, based on your research, what might you change in
the production of this item to improve quality and why? Discuss not only what you would change, but also how you
might go about justifying the increased cost of this change. For example, if you worked for a glove manufacturer and
decided to add quirks back into your glove patterns, what are the reasons for this change and how would you go about
implementing them? As an example, you might make this change as you are getting high returns on your current gloves
due to poor fit, so implementing quirks will improve fit and reduce returns, thereby balancing out the additional pattern
and material expenditure. (1-2 pages; creativity points will weigh heavily here).
- In academic writing, do not use “I” statements!!! Instead of saying “I recommend…” instead say ” My recommendation as CEO would be to” I will count off one point for every “I” in your papers.