Fashion Design

Fashion Design
Fashion Design

The History of Fashion Design

What Is Fashion Design?

Fashion design is a form of art that focused on creating clothing and other lifestyle accessories. Modern fashion design is divided into two basic categories: haute couture and ready-to-wear. The haute couture collection is dedicated to specific customers and is custom sized to fit the customer exactly. To qualify as a haute couture house, a designer has to be part of Syndical Chamber for Haute Couture and show a new collection twice a year presenting a minimum of 35 different outfits each time.

Ready-to-wear collection is standard size, not custom made, so they are more suitable for large production runs. They also split into two categories: designer / createur and sweet collection. Designer collections have a much higher quality and finish as well as a unique design. They often represent a certain philosophy and is created to make a statement rather than for sale. Both ready-to-wear and haute-couture collection was presented to the international catwalks.

Who invented it?

The first fashion designer who was more than a simple seamster was Charles Frederick Worth, the 19th century. Before he set up his fashion design house in Paris, clothing was made by anonymous dressmakers and fashion standards are derived from the style worn by royalty. Worth was the first designer to actually dictate to its customers what to wear rather than following their requirements.

His fashion house became so famous that people are able to include a face and a name designs when they know they are from the House of Worth. This is the beginning of a tradition to have a house designers create not just clothes, but also embodied the symbols of the brand.

What Does It Take To Be A Fashion Designer?

Fashion design is a form of art. To work as a designer, should have an artistic and creative personality. You also have to be good at drawing and able to express your ideas in sketches. You do not need 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 Fabrics in a creative and original way. Fashion designers have a good visual imagination and is able to think in three-dimensional and put their ideas into clothes.

Fashion designers have to know the requirements in the fashion market. They have to be very interested in learning new things and read magazines, journals and books on fashion design history and new trends. They also have become interested in art, visit art galleries and interact with all kinds of artists when they have a chance. A designer should also have some knowledge and experience of the tailoring (cutting, draping, sewing etc.) and can tell the difference between different levels of fabric quality.

A better understanding of lifestyle and needs of the audience and customer requirements are also required fashion design. Designers should have good communication skills and can express their ideas clearly. But most importantly, they have to be very original and has fresh, innovative ideas.

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