Monday, January 12, 2009
Fashion Concepts and Design
Fashion design has always been an industry that has both reflected and created pop culture trends. Fashion designers have been able to take the trends and social philosophies of an era and translate that into a piece of wearable art. In addition to pieces that are created as an artistic statement, the fashion industry has also excelled in creating fashion pieces that are functional and practical for every day use.
The three types of fashion design that a designer can specialize in are haute couture pieces, ready-to-wear pieces, and mass market pieces. Most people are familiar with the mass market pieces. These pieces are geared towards a specific demographic and they are intended for everyday use. You typically find mass market pieces in retail stores and outlets. Ready-to-wear fashion is created on a limited basis and it involves more tailoring and needlework. These pieces are typically displayed in specialty boutiques and high end clothing shops. If you are looking for a fashion design that has a lot of needlework and originality then you are probably looking for a haute couture piece. These pieces are high end garments that are made in extremely limited quantities and they are marketed through high end clothing stores and designer boutiques.
Fashion design concepts are not limited to just finished pieces of clothing. Fashion designers are also needed to create the textiles that apparel is made from. Textile designers have a great influence on what clothing designers are able to create. They put together colors, textures, and patterns in a single fabric, creating the canvas from which clothing designers work off of.