2,893 Inspirational Research Project Ideas

Turn inspirations into your passion project.

This collection of project ideas, shared by Polygence mentors, is meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Fashion with a purpose-- Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle

This project would help bring awareness to climate change through fashion design. You can create fashionable items out of trash, discarded items, recyclable items, repurposed items, or anything second hand.

Fashion, Environmental Science

Thien
Thien

Costume Design Research & Sketching For Period Accuracy

With shows like The Queen's Gambit, Downton Abbey, Mad Men, The Crown, Outlander, and Stranger Things, we are given the gift of time travel. We almost feel like we are in those times with the details and idiosyncrasies some shows and movies bring to us. But how do costume designers, production designers and fashion historians do their research? How does a script or photograph translate to what goes onscreen? I want to take you on a journey into the wonderful world of historical fashion research. It's almost like being a fashion history detective. There are years of work that go into making accurate depictions of times past onscreen or on stage. It's exhaustive work, but boy, is it fun. There is a plethora of indicators and nuances within fashion history that denote status, class, change in materials, geographic location, and more. How have the lapels and trouser shape of a men's suit changed from 1850 to 1880 or the jewelry of the 1990s? Developing an eye for the vast differences in how fashion has morphed and changed with time is essential for being an altruistic designer. Whether it's nailing a time period's details you seek to learn, or sketching out an entire show, we will explore the subtle details, the hair, the ruffles, the jewelry, the shoes, the skirt lengths, and the sleeve flounce of whatever period or subculture you aim to learn about. I will discuss better ways to research, including tips and tricks and ways to decipher nuances in photographs and garments. This includes quality and style of clothing, fabric, fit, socio-economic influences, as well as political and war-time changes; not to mention the changing fashion of hairstyles and makeup too. I want to teach you how to really see and what real people, not just celebrities and musicians in magazines, dressed like. Lastly, I aim to help you accurately decipher and document status in dress. Whether it’s the difference between a Civil War Brigadier General and a member of the Company or an 1850’s woman of privilege versus her scullery maid you seek to find, there are many exciting nuances and vast distinctions to explore in status.

Fashion

Desira
Desira

Ecological distribution of seaweed in the surrounding area

How does the surrounding environment effect the seaweed (or macroalgae) that grows there? Is the water saltier or muddier in one area than another? Is one area more susceptible to low tides and drying out? This project would involve visiting different sites in your area (bays, tide pools, rivers, ponds), and describing the algae that grow there. You would then make note about how each environmental habitat differs, and infer how that relates to an evolutionary advantage for each species.

Fashion, Environmental Science

Thien
Thien

Self-Expression Through Artistic Means

Painting, drawing, collage, sewing, writing, weaving, crochet, rug making, furniture painting, and cooking all all things I love to do. How do and how can we express ourselves through artistic means.

Fashion

Desira
Desira

Historical fashion research project:

This project involves learning how to conduct research and sketch technical drawings to produce historically accurate reproductions of clothing from a particular time period (for example: Regency era, Edwardian period, 1930's, 1950's)

Fashion

Katharina
Katharina

Brand Marketing Campaign

Choose a brand of your choice and come up with an overarching brand campaign that is relevant in today's society. We will explore different avenues on how to reach the customer with our campaign.

Fashion, Business

Sarah
Sarah

Trend Forecasting

We will explore 12 different avenues of fashion forecasting. Then, picking 2-3 different types of forecasting and comparing similarities in trends and how they relate to one another.

Fashion, Business

Sarah
Sarah

Historical Fashion in Queer Victorian Times

This project seeks to uncover the stories of how queer folx dressed in Victorian times and how they expressed their identities through fashion in spite oll

Fashion

Johanna
Johanna

The Intersection of Fashion & History

In 2021 it seems that it would be easy to conduct research, but due to so many mislabeled and yet plentiful images across the internet stratosphere, there is a saturation of disinformation. We may think we know the styles of the 1970’s or of the 1920’s, but do we really? Can we break down and map the progression in style within a decade. Can we note the difference between the 1970’s in London or NYC versus a small town in Illinois; or between different social groups or subcultures. Costume Designers and Fashion Historians must meticulously research and distill to know exactly when a photograph was taken or to confirm the origin of a garment. Think about what you’re wearing right now. Will researchers in 2060 see a difference between your current outfit and that of someone in Beijing in 2010? Most likely! In order to do thorough research and delineate the changes and nuances in how humanity has dressed, we must have a keen eye, seek out accurate information, and we need to look beyond the internet to other sources of information. I will discuss better ways to research including tips and tricks and ways to decipher nuances in photographs and garments. That includes quality and style of clothing, fabric, fit, socio-economic influences, as well as political and war-time changes; not to mention the changing fashion of hairstyles and makeup too. I want to teach you how to really see and what real people, not just celebrities and musicians in magazines, dressed like. Lastly, I aim to help you accurately decipher and document status in dress. Whether it’s the difference between a Civil War Brigadier General and a member of the Company or an 1850’s woman of privilege versus her scullery maid you seek to find, there are many exciting nuances and vast distinctions to explore in status. As technology changes, how has fashion? Fashion history is an exciting discovery of and foray into history, they are deeply intertwined. Understanding how cultures have changed creates a better understanding of why fashion has too. It's not just about magazines and style, pretty dresses and luxurious fabrics, it's about getting a clearer picture of the people in those clothes and the environments in which they dwelled, the time in which they lived, the money they had, and the world at large. Trading, travel, the cross-pollination of cultures and the advent of various technological advances all contribute to fashion and what we wear.

Fashion

Desira
Desira

Costume design project:

This project involves developing a costume design concept for theatre or film from initial concept sketches and visual research to technical drawings by hand or in Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop

Fashion

Katharina
Katharina

Sustainability in Fashion

Research the overarching impact that fashion has on the environment. Dive into brands who are sustainable and brands that are not. How fashion is evolving in the direction of sustainability in various aspects.

Fashion, Business

Sarah
Sarah