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History of Fashion Design
by Sue Taylor
What Is Fashion Design?
is divided into two basic categories: haute couture and ready-to-wear. The haute couture collection is dedicated to certain customers and is custom sized to fit these customers exactly. In order to qualify as a haute couture house, a designer has
to be part of the Syndical
Chamber for Haute Couture and show a new collection twice a year
presenting a minimum of 35 different outfits each time.
They are also split into two categories: designer/createur and confection collections. Designer collections have a higher
quality and finish as well as an unique design. They often represent a certain philosophy and are created to make a
statement rather than for sale.
Both ready-to-wear and haute-couture collections are presented on
he set up his fashion design house in Paris, clothing was made by anonymous dressmakers and fashion standards were derived from the styles worn by royalty. Worth was the first designer to actually dictate to his customers what to wear
rather than following their
were from the House of Worth. This was the beginning of the tradition to have a designer of a house not only create
clothing, but also represent
the symbol of the brand.
to be good at drawing and able
to express your ideas in sketches. You don't necessarily have to be a
great artist, but you must have some special skills for combining colors,
tones and shades. You also have to be able to work with fabric and use
textiles in a creative and original manner. Fashion designers have a good
visual imagination and are able to think in three-dimensions and put their
ideas into garments.
in art, visit art galleries and interact with all kinds of artists whenever they have the opportunity. A designer should also
have some knowledge and
experience of tailoring (cutting, draping, sewing etc.) and be able to
tell the difference between different fabric quality levels.
have to be very original and have fresh, innovative ideas.
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