Fashion design is a form of art dedicated to the creation of
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 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.
Ready-to-wear collections are standard sized, not custom
made, so they are more suitable for large production runs. 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 international catwalks.
Who Invented It?
The first fashion designer who was more than a simple
seamster was Charles Frederick Worth, in the 19th century. Before 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 demands.
His fashion house became so famous that people were able to
attach a face and a name to designs when they knew they 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.
What Does It Take To Be A Fashion Designer?
Fashion design is a form of art. To work as a designer, you
should have an artistic and creative personality. You also have 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.
Fashion designers have to be aware of the fashion market
requirements. 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 to be interested 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.
A good understanding of the audience's lifestyle and
customer needs and requirements is also needed in fashion design. Designers
should have good communication skills and be able to express their ideas
clearly. But most important, they have to be very original and have fresh,
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