Archive for September, 2011
Fashion design is similar to the advertising trade, in that most of the businesses involved are located in New York or California. More specifically, they are located in New York City or the Los Angeles area. Accordingly, those who want to pursue a career in fashion design and attempt to break into the industry with a major firm may be faced with relocation. However the education comes first. Here are a series of steps that hopefully will take you to the portal of a career in fashion design.
- Survey the employment field. You don’t need to do a lot of research to find job listings for the fashion business and to learn what skills are desired. Most employers want to see some formal education in the field, either an associate’s degree or a bachelor’s in fashion design.
- Familiarize yourself with the raw materials. Fashion design starts with a concept, but the execution involves creating a design that is attractive, perhaps has an innovative feature, and can be manufactured at a reasonable cost. That means you’ll need to be familiar with textiles, ornamentation techniques, and with the recent history of the industry. Some of this will come with your college work, but independent research will pay off in an interview.
- Can you do this with an associate’s degree? Some schools offer a two year program that will qualify a fashion design graduate for internship opportunities or for jobs in the merchandising department of a retail outlet or in manufacturing firms. An associate’s degree will provide a foot in the door for some opportunities in the industry but not for all.
- Consider a bachelor’s degree in fashion design. There is much to be learned about this business, which combines artistic ability with the business considerations associated with manufacturing. Fashion degree students are schooled in color, textiles, sewing and tailoring, pattern making, fashion history, computer-aided design (CAD), and design of different types of clothing. Read the rest of this entry »
Fashion in clothes has allowed wearers to express emotion or solidarity with other people for millennia. Modern Westerners have a wide choice available in the selection of their clothes. When people who have cultural status start to wear new or different clothes a fashion trend may start. People who like or respect them may start to wear clothes of a similar style.
Designs are difficult to protect in court, because they incorporate elements that are effectively in the “public domain. Designers in turn respond to this obsolescence with new designs. Although tailors and dressmakers were no doubt responsible for many innovations before, and the textile industry certainly led many trends, the History of fashion design is normally taken to date from 1858, when the English-born Charles Frederick Worth opened the first true haute couture house in Paris. Since then the professional designer has become a progressively more dominant figure, despite the origins of many fashions in street fashion.
At the same time there remains an equal or larger range designated (at least currently) ‘out of fashion’. Fashion houses and their associated fashion designers, as well as high-status consumers (including celebrities), appear to have some role in determining the rates and directions of fashion change. Read the rest of this entry »