Strategically placed, contrasting and yet complementary, color
blocking in apparels create a unique and bold fashion statement.
generate a visually balanced output with an effect; pleasing to the eyes. Color
blocking combines two or more fabrics of complementing colors sewn together in
a creative way, and appealing to the eyes. A best known example of color blocked
apparel is the red and blue Spiderman costume.
of color blocking can be traced back to the 60s, popularly known as the 'Mod Fashion'
then. Mondrian Dress designed by the late designer Yves Saint Laurent during
the 60s consisted of flat planes revealing the artistic sensibility of that
time. During the passage of time, color blocking has evolved into other
geometric shapes and angular patterns in a range of vibrant hues. The trend
evolved into an innovative, bold and creative style of clothing. Color blocking
originally belongs to London. The British youth set the trend, which was later
followed by the rest of the world. The muted pastel palette of the 60s fashion
later transformed into bright, bold colors that were often applied in geometric
square or rectangular blocks of clothing were sewn along. Color blocking
involves cutting the material where the color assortment is needed, with a seam
allowance added to the edges. When the fabric pieces are sewn along, the final
output is similar in size and form as of the original piece with two or more
complimenting hues. Color blocking best suits simple and bold designs as
elaborated designs would require more seams making it a complex process.
of construction is a lot of necessary in these garments, as stitching around
sharp angles are tedious requiring much focus and attention to details. Color
blocking is totally different from appliqué wherein; in the latter, one form is
stitched onto another piece of material. Appliqué needs lots of pinning, but is
relatively easier than color blocking. Similarly, appliqué also varies in
piping where a different color cloth is sewn into the seam in such the way that
it protrudes visibly in the apparel.
color palette is an assortment of blues and blacks of a seascape, lush greens
of a jungle and hot arresting reds. A talented designer understands the delicate
interactions of those hues and bonds them with layers of alternative colors
bringing in an appealing look to the garment. An ideal assortment of shades
play a vital role in defining the planning of the finished outfit.
Color Palette - Rule of the two-thirds:
blocked outfits add a spirit of freshness to any form of clothing, and grabs
attention. Today people wish to look more fashionable and presentable. Color
blocked apparels are now becoming a hot trend. An ideal combination involves up
to three colors. The most popular theory is the 'Rule of the two-thirds' where
shades are picked from the three sides of an equilateral triangle in the color
wheel. The hues that touch the three sides of the triangle will always
complement each other.
retail market seeks color blocked apparels with an overall effect with
flattering styles. Bold hues of tangerine, bright red, electric blue, fresh
limes, and alpine green are in vogue. Pastel shades are also used in contrast
to the brighter shades. New color combinations are being introduced in the
market every now and then to suit the changing fashion trends and customer
choice. 'Tonal Color Blocking', which consists of a new dimension with a light
and a dark shade from the same color palette, is in style.
Color blocking is also
springing up as a hot trend in fashion accessories. Attractive fashion
accessories featuring geometric lines with an eye-catching color assortment are
seen. The contrast of two or more shades ranging from bright neon's to calm
that makes the trend. Jewellery, handbags, shoes, scarves and other fashion
accessories with color blocked patterns draw attention of the season.
such as Christian Dior and Marc Jacobs have created color blocked classics.
Shiny totes, and slouchy bags are seen in bold pinks, blues, greens and yellows
adding a twist to the hand bag styles. Color blocking trend is also seen in
peep toe sandals, and pump heels featuring bright strips of color with a
blocking adds a graphic element to apparels. They give a magical effect to
simple clothes transforming them into architectural pieces. Color blocking
clothes can be rightly described as a 'Fashion Optical Illusion'.
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